Plocoglottis atroviridis Schltr. 1912 SECTION Plocoglottis

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Hot Fall

Common Name The Black-Green Plocoglottis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in New Guinea in humus of montane forests at elevations around 250 meters as a large sized, hot growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to cylindical, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] between each, somewhat attenuate apically pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acuminate, cuneate below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a lateral, erect, strict, graceful, pubescent, to 26" [65 cm] long overall, few bracted, rachis to 12" [30 cm] long, laxly 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the leaves are a dark green with a metallic finish above and that the flowers are whitish with red flushed sepals and a brownish red spotted labellum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984