Pennilabium struthio Carr 1930 Photos by Nitade Chula


Common Name The Ostrich-Like Pennilabium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas?, Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo? in riverine hill forests at elevations around 500 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying a few close set, elliptical, unequally bilobed apically, often twisted at the base leaves that blooms in the summer on a short to .4" [1 cm] long, unbranched, flattened, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION From what I can gather from the scant information that there is, the difference between this species and P proboscidium is this one does not have hirsute apices of the petals and P proboscidium does, and this species the rostellum is not redily visible as it is hidden by the entrance to the spur otherwise they are very similar.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 photo fide; Opera Botanica # 95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Cribb & Wood 1994 excluded taxa; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo maybe; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide