Pennilabium hewittii (Ames) Schuit. 2013

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by J B Comber and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Rernz Herbaria Website.


Drawing by Schuiteman and The Springer Link Website

Full shade Cool

Common Name or Meaning Hewitt's Pennilabium [British Collector of Type early 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sarawak Borneo in lowlands as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short monopodial stem enveloped by leaf bases carrying oblong, unequally bilobed apically, acute to obtuse, undulate margin, 2 ranked leaves that blooms on 1 to 2, patent, axillary, to .4" [1 cm] long, many, crowded recurved bracts, successivey 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Dendrocolla minima Ridl. 1908; Porphyrodesme hewittii (Ames) Garay 1972; *Thrixspermum hewittii Ames 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Cribb & wood 1994 as Porphyrodesme hewittii; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001 as Porphyrodesme hewittii; *Kew Bulletin 68: 679 A very odd little thing: Pennilabium hewittii (Orchidaceae) Schuiteman 2013