a distinctive little species. not seen enough these days, saw one recently and jumped on it.
First described in 1837 and native to Hong Kong and adjoining provinces in southeast China, Paph. purpuratum is a distinctive species so named for the base color of its flowers. It is an easy paph to cultivate under standard mottled-leaf conditions, and is one of the more compact growers. Paph. purpuratum has not been used extensively in hybridization, perhaps because of its reflexed dorsal and overall smaller flower size, but does, however, figure in the background of the famous vinicolor grex Vintner's Treasure.