Oeonia volucris (Thouars) Spreng. 1826

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower Photos courtesy of Rudi Hromniak and his and his Orchid Webpage

Part sun Warm Cool Fall

Common Name The Twisted Snail Oeonia

Flower Size 1"+ [2.5 cm]

Found in the eastern coastal forests of Madagascar at elevations of sealevel to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate stem carrying sparse, distant, oval-oblong or elliptical leaves that are somewhat attenuate to the sheath that blooms in the fall on a 12 to 14" [30 to 35 cm] long, loosely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Aeranthus volucris Rchb.f 1864; *Epidendrum volucre Thou 1822; Epidorchis volucris Kuntze 1891; Oeonia auberti Lindl. 1824; Oeonia humblotii Kranzl. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Epidendrum volucre drawing fide; The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 photo fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 10 1997 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide