Platanthera saprophytica J.J.Sm. 1927

Photo by H Lim


Drawing by Vincent S. F. T. Merckx , John V. Freudenstein , Jonathan Kissling , Maarten J. M. Christenhusz , Raymond E. Stotler , Barbara Crandall-Stotler , Norman Wickett , Paula J. Rudall , Hiltje Maas-van de Kamer, and Paul J. M. Maas and Taxonomy and Classification Mycoheterotrophy: The Biology of Plants Living on Fungi, 2013

Full Shade Cool

Common Name The Saprophytic Platanthera

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in Sabah and Kalimantan Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations around 1100 to 1700 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped completely by imbricate, triangular-acuminate sheaths that blooms on an erect, 2" [5 cm] long, densly many flowered inflorescence that is unusual in the genus as all parts of the plant are entirely whitish in color except for a purple margin on the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Plants of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood & Beaman etal 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Woo & Cribb 1994; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011