Plocoglottis lowii Rchb.f. 1865 SECTION Porphyrophyllos Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids

Flower with lip Triggered Photo by Copyright Shiva Ramli

Plant in situ Mt Kinabalu Photo by Copyright Rogier Van Vugt and His PBase Orchid Photo Website

Common Name Low's Plocoglottis

Flower Size 1.2" across [3 cm]

Found in Thailand, Borneo, Sumatra, Malaysia and New Guinea in heath, lowland, and hill forests at elevations of sea-level to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with conical, olive, purple pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, acute, plicate, shiny greenish purple above, bright red purple beneath, narrowing basally into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, 28" [to 70 cm] long, pubescent, successively single, to 20 flowered indflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts. These flowers have a moveable lip that triggers and shuts tight when something touches it.

SynonymsPlocoglottis lowii var. papuana J.J.Sm. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1868 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Botanisk Tidsserift 67: 76-127 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand IV Seidenfaden 1972 drawing hmm; The Orchids of Pennisular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ?; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide;