Artificial propagated lady’s slipper for exports certified by TSIPS earned international recognition

There is a kind of orchids which has an amazing shape as the glass shoes worn by Cinderella in the fairy tale. There is also said that it was the shoes left behind accidentally by the goddess stepped into the human world. Coincidentally, this kind of orchids was called Paphiopedilum in Latin which in Chinese means “the slippers of the goddess”. As you can see, this is “Paphiopedilum”, such unique and precious. Due to the international attention to the issue of the indiscriminate exploitation of wild plants of slipper orchids, as a member of the global community, and in order to promote the development of the domestic orchid industry, TSIPS has been assigned as the executive organization by COA since 1999. After years of efforts with industry-related units, the seedling and cut flower export industry cultivated by artificial means has flourished, and it has also fulfilled its responsibility to protect endangered wild plants.

TSIPS said that cultivation area of sipper orchids is about 8 hectares mainly in central and southern parts of Taiwan. In recent years, the domestic production seedings of slipper orchids were largely exported to Japan, the United States and Europe with an annual export amounted to about 5 million seedlings. In regard to cut flowers exported to Japan, the amount was about 4 million branches each year.there were 20 registered ‘artificial propagation’ nurseries of orchids in 2021, and 17 of them have applied for 272 Export Agreement Documents. The estimated total export value was about NT$ 18.5 million. It can be said to be the rising star after Phalaenopsis in Taiwan.

Slipper orchids have a variety of patterns and colors. It was used as cut flowers, potted plants or in combination pots. And it is also a good option for a gift or venue decorations.

Slipper orchid cultivators who want to export slipper orchid seedlings or cut flowers must apply for a certificate of artificial propagation issued by COA. Traders who do not actually grow orchid seedlings or cut flowers can also buy the seedlings from certified nurseries. Then, after getting the artificial propagation certificates of the batch of seedlings or cut flowers, the nurseries can apply for CITES export permits to the Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA. The fee for applying to be a certificated artificial propagation nursery is NT$10,000 per case, with a five-year validity period. On the other hand, the application fee of certificates for export is NT$300 per case. For application questions, please contact TSIPS.



  • Contact:TSIPS / HSU, LI-FEN(Assistant Researcher)
  • Contact:TSIPS / Chung, Wen-Chuan(Researcher)
The unique shape of slipper orchids is popular with the public.
The unique shape of slipper orchids is popular with the public.
TSIPS examines the artificial propagation nurseries every year.
TSIPS examines the artificial propagation nurseries every year.