Paphiopedilum venustum is a wonderful species from China through the mountains to India. Its habitat is shady and damp. Jay’s online encyclopedia has more details about this species.
This species is best known for its bizarre patterns on the pouch. It always draws attention when it’s in bloom. This unique and beautiful flower is an important parent to many of today’s modern mottled leaf hybrids. You can always recognize Paphiopedilum venustum hybrids as the colorful pouch pattern is so dominant.
This is one of the easiest Paphiopedilum species to grow. One important thing to note is that this plant is very attractive to mealybugs. If you have any mealies in your collection they will show up on this plant first. Some people actually keep this species on their greenhouse bench just for that reason. They just monitor this plant to see when they should spray pesticide.
Other than that, this species just needs warm temperatures and moderate light. Just treat it like any other mottled leaf Paphiopedilum. We have more specifics on our care page.