Luisia volucris Lindl. 1853 Photo courtesy of Bill Garris.

Part Sun Hot Warm Spring

Common Name The Twisted Snail Shell Luisia

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.2 cm]

Found in Bangladesh, Assam India, the eastern Himalayas and Borneo at elevations below 900 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing monopodial epiphyte with a stout, noded stem carrying terete, obtuse, alternate, rigid leaves that blooms in the spring on a 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, stout inflorescence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2Pradhan 1979 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo ok diferent color for with wider lip; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007