!Armodorum sulingi (Blume) Schltr. 1911

InflorescencePhotos by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

Common Name The Suling Armodorum

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Java, Lesser Sunda Islands and Sumatra at elevations of 500 to 800 meters as a large to giant sized, warm growing epiphyte with an elongate stem that roots only at the base so the stem cannot be cut expecting new roots to arise. The stem has 2 rows of strap-shaped, tough, rigid, unequally bilobed apically, obtuse lobed, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter on several, axillary, to to 16" [40 cm] long, racemose, to 6 flowered inflorescence with shortly triangular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying fleshy, fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms *Aerides sulingi Blume 1825; Arachnanthe sulingi (Blume) Benth. 1881; Arachnis sulingi (Blume) Rchb.f. 1886; Armodorum distichum Breda 1827; Renanthera sulingi (Blume) Lindl 1833; Vanda sulingi (Blume) Blume 1849

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Renanthera sulingi; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1957 as Renanthera sulingi; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Renanthera sulingi drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Arachnanthe sulingi; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as Arachnis sulingi drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeaea Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 as A distichum