Jumellea francoisii Schltr. 1925 GROUP 3 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part shade Cool summer Fall

Common Name Francois' Jumellea [French Public Servant and Park Founder in Madagascar 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm] long

Found in central and southeastern Madagascar in humid mossy evergreen forests at elevations of 1200 to 1500 as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with numerous, ascending, slightly compressed, very thin stem enveloped by greyish, veined sheaths and carrying linear-loriform, mostly equally bilobed-rounded apically leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by 3 to 4, short, obtuse sheaths and rigid, tubular, green and thick, narrowly adpressed bracts enveloping 1/3 of the pedicel.

This species has fragrant leaves when dried.

some references say this determination is a synonym of J spatulata, but there are visible differences if the plants are correctly IDed.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1938/81; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans & Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide