Acanthephippium bicolor Lindl. 1835 Photo by Dowery Orchids

Original Drawing

Inflorescence Drawing by Edwards's botanical register vol. 20 plate 1730 and Botanicus Website

Common Name The Two Colored Acanthephippium

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with clustered, large, smooth, ovate, deeply sulcate with age pseduobulbs often flushed with purple and tapering above into a thin stem carrying 2 apical, folded, elliptic-lanceoalte, acute to acuminate, eventually deciduous, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a short, erect to 6 flowered inflorescence with prominent bracts and carrying cup-shaped, waxy, candy scented flowers.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Acanthophippium bicolor; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; Orchid Monographs Vol 8 S A Thomas 1997 drawing fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide/photo hmm;