Pelatantheria insectifera (Rchb. f.) Ridl. 1896

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Part sun Warm to HotFall Winter

Common Name The Insect-Bearing Pelatanthera

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, western Himalayas, Andaman Islands, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam occuring in broadleaf, evergreen, lowland forests on limestone rocks and bushes as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial epiphyte or lithophyte-terrestrial at elevations of 200 to 1000 meters with a scandent, branched, laterally compressed stem carrying disitchous, oblong, partly amplexicaul, thickly coriaceous, deeply channeled, keeled beneath leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on an axillary, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Separated from the very similar P rivesii by not having a toothed and hairy column while P insectifera does.

Synonyms *Sarcanthus insectifer Rchb. f. 1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Sarcanthus insectifer drawing fide; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Sarcanthus insectifer drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Sarcanthus insectifer; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as Sarcanthus insectifer; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988; Opera Botanica # 95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 as P insectiflora photo fide; Orchid Flora Of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as P insectiflora photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing/photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing/photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 photo fide