Slipper orchid (Phragmipedium kovachii)

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Illustration of Phragmipedium kovachii by Angela Mirro

Species: Phragmipedium kovachii
Common Name: Slipper orchid
Status: CITES Appendix I
Range: Peru

Map of South America illustrating the range of Phragmipedium kovachii

Artist: Angela Mirro
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Watercolor

This Peruvian orchid's 2002 discovery was surprising because of its brilliant color and enormous size. The transport of any wild-collected Phragmipediums across international boundaries is illegal, but seed-grown plants became available in the US in 2006.