Plectorrhiza tridentata [Lindley]Dockrill 1967

Plant and Flowers Photo by Greg and Kerri Steenbeeke

Fragrance Part ShadeCoolCoolSpringand Summer

Common Name The Three Toothed Plectorrhiza - In Australia The Common Tangle Orchid

Flower Size 1/4" or less [.08 cm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria Australia at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters as a monopodial, small sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic species found at lower elevations to the south and higher elevations in the northern rainforests on the outer twigs of rainforest trees along gullies and swampy areas where it has tangled roots, a wiry stem carrying linear-oblong, falcate, acute leaves and has fragrant blooms occuring on a slender, 10" [22 cm] long, pendant, few to many [3 to 20] flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves with fragrant [lemon], long-lasting flowers that occur in the spring and summer. Best mounted to accomodate the pendant growth habit with a cool shady enviroment with high humidity and good air circulation.

Synonyms Cleisostoma cornutum Rupp 1935; *Cleisostoma tridentatum Lindl. 1838; Saccolabium calcaratum F. Muell. 1889; Sarcanthus tridentatus (Lindl.) Rupp 1941; Sarcochilus calcaratus F. Muell.1861; Sarcochilus tridentatus (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1863; Thrixspermum tridentatum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865 as Thrixspermum tridentatum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Sarcanthus tridentatus; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 2 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Australian Orchids Jones 2006 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 6 12/07-1/08