Jumellea gladiator (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1915 GROUP 1

Another Flower Angle Photos by Emilio Esteban-Infantes© and his Flickr Photo site

Part shade HotWarm LATESpringSummer

Common Name The Sword-Bearing Jumellea [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in the Comoros Islands in rainforests as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with very short stems carrying large, erect to spreading, ligulate leaves that blooms in the later spring through summer on many, axillary, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 4 to 5 basal sheaths

This species is very similar to J arachnantha, J sagittata and J phalaenophora but seems to be rather smaller than them all.

Synonyms *Aeranthes gladiator Rchb.f. 1885; Mystacidium gladiator (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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