Phaius tuberculosus [Thou.] Blume 1856

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Alain Petitjean.

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Common Name The Tubercule Bearing Phaius

Flower Size to 3" [7.5 cm]

A medium to large sized, Madagascan, hot to warm growing terrestrial species occuring at elevations of 200 to 900 meters with short, small pseudobulbs completely enveloped by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 5 to 6, suberect to spreading, longly petiolate, narrowly lanceolate, acute, plicate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a erect, stout, to 2' [60 cm] long, few to several flowered, apical inflorescence with successive opening, long-lasting flowers occuring over a long period and has a white bract at each joint.

Synonyms Bletia tuberculosum [Thouars]Sprengel 1822; Gastorchis simulans (Rolfe) Schltr. 1925; Gastorchis tuberculosus [Thou.]Schlechter 1925; *Limodorum tuberculosum Thouars 1822; Phaius fragrans Grignan 1901; Phaius simulans Rolfe 1901; Phaius tuberculatus Blume 1858; Phaius warpuri Weathers 1901

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Limodorum tuberculosum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Gastorchis tuberculosus; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Gastorchis tuberculosus drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 as Gastrorchis tuberculosa; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 2 1998 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #4 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 as Gastorchis tuberculosa photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo as Gastorchis tuberculosus; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide as Gastorchis tuberculosus; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #1 2008 as Gastrorchis tuberculosus photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide as Gastorchis tuberculosus

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