Acanthephippium splendidum J.J.Sm. 1898

Plant Photos courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Splendid Acanthephippium

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in the Moluccas, Sulawesi, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futna in forests in deep leaf litter at elevations of sealevel to 1300 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with ovoid to fusiform, 4 to 6 noded pseudobulbs enveloped by persistent sheaths and carry 2 to 3, apical, obovate, plicate, acute to apiculate, long petiolate leaves that blooms at any time of the year on a lateral, arising from the lowest node on a new growth, 3 to 5 flowered, 5.2" to 6.4" [13 to 16 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with cymbiform, foliaceous, narrowly ovate-lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Acanthephippium papuanum Schltr. 1912; Acanthephippium vitiense L.O.Williams 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 as A papuanum drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 as A vitiense drawing okaerangis kir; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as A papuanum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 10 1987 photo as A papuanum; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 as A papuanum; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 as A papuanum; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 as Acanthephippium vitiense; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide

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