Jumellea arachnantha [Rchb.f]Schlechter 1915 Group 1

Photo by Bill Garris

Flower Closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

FragrancePart shade CoolLATESpring

Common Name The Spider Flowered Jumellea

Flower Size 2" [5 cm] and a 2 3/4" [7 cm] long spur

Found on the Comoros Islands in forests at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short to no stem carrying, acutely folded, erect to spreading, linear to oblong-ligulate, bilobed apically leaves held in a fan-shape that blooms in the late spring on several, 8" [20 cm] long, axillary, erect, single flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4 cucullate, basal sheaths and carrying jasmine scented flowers.

Synonyms *Aeranthes arachnanthus Rchb. f.1885; Aeranthes phalaenophora Rchb.f. 1885; Jumellea phalaenophora (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1915; Mystacidium arachnanthus (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Mystacidium phalaenophorum (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as J phalaenophora; An Introduction to the Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 as J phalaenophora; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #2 2010 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2017 photo fide;