Aphyllorchis elata Schltr. 1911 Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Hot Warm Fall

Common Name The Stately Aphyllorchis

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 450 to 1000 meters as a medium to giant sized, hot to warm growing, mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with thick, elongate, flexuous, puberulous, strict to substrict, terete, glabrous stems with 5 to 8, thickly apiculate, terete, glabrous sheaths without leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, to 16" [40 cm] long, sublaxly many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, glabrous floral bracts.

Schlechter states that this plant is the tallest of all members known to him within the genus and that the whole plant including the flowers are white with violet streaks.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide;