Anoectochilus imitans Schltr.1906 Drawing by Nicolas Halle'

Plant In situ New Caledonia

Plant in situ South Island New Caledonia Photos by Edouard Faria

Common Name The Imitative Anoectochilus

Flower Size

Found in New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa in humid forests at elevations of 150 to 900 as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with low lying, elliptic, acute, dark irridescent, blackish green with irregularily silver to pinkish red veined leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, pubescent to 6" [15 cm] long, 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence carrying white to greenish white, flowers that area villose on the exterior.

Synonyms Anoectochilus vitiensis Rolfe 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe Neo-Caledonienne D'Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Orchids of Samoa Whistler & Cribb 1996 photo fide