Acriopsis inopinata Phoon & P.O'Byrne 2009

Photo by David Kuehn

Plant and Flowers in situ Cameron Highlands Malaysia Photos by David Kuehn

Inflorescence Photo by Amos Tan and the Asiatic Green Website

Common Name The Unexpected Arciopsis [refers to the species being in an area that was well known and never described]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the Cameron Hills of Malaysia on tree branches in bright light at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, conical, 3 to 4 internoded, smooth, yellowish green turning reddish purple with age pseudobulbs enveloped by ovate sheaths carrying 3 to 4, one from each internode, oblong, subcoriaceous, rounded apically leaves that blooms in the spring on an arching, terete, green, rachis branched, 5 to 6 branches, 11 to 11.6" [27.5 to 29 cm] long, to 34 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4 basal, overlapping, sessile, ovate, papery, margin entire, acute, purple bracts and sessile, ovate, papery, margin entire, acute, purple floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 4 2009 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide