!Ancistrochilus thomsonianus (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1897

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

FragrantDeep shadeHot TO warmSummer and Fall

Common Name Thompson's Ancistrochilus

Flower Size 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Gulf of Guinea Islands in lowland forests at elevations of 50 to 500 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with orbicular, flattened pseudobulbs carrying narrowly lanceolate, ribbed leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect to arching 2 to 3 [6] flowered inflorescence with sweetly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Ipsea thomsoniana (Rchb.f.) Pfitzer 1888; *Pachystoma thomsonianum Rchb.f. 1879;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Pachystoma thompsoniana drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 as Pachystoma thompsoniana Drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 1 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo fide