Appendicula torta Blume 1825 SECTION Chromatodesme

Flower Front View

Plant Photo by Photo by Pierre Bonnet from the Orchids Asia project website

Inflorescence Photo by Art Vogel

Common Name The Twisted Appendicula

Flower Size .2" [6 mm]

Found in Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra in hill, lower montane ridge, oak/laurel forests and steep roadside banks of sandstone and shale, at elevations around 150 to 1600 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an often branched stem carrying many oblong, unevenly bilobed apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring and the late summer and early fall on a terminal, sometimes lateral, 1" [2.5 cm] long, imbricating, several flowered inflorescence with imbricate, conduplicate, pink-yellow to white floral bracts that are longer than the flowers.

Synonyms Appendicula rhodiola Rchb.f. 1867; Podochilus tortus (Blume) Schltr. 1900

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865 drawing; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865 as A rhodiola drawing; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1953; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore 1992 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo/fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 2 2008; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 8 2011 photo/drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing ok/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