Podochilus bilabiatus J.J.Sm. 1920 Drawing by J J Smith and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Two Lipped Podochilus

Flower Size

Found in northern Sumatra, Bangka Island and Borneo0 in Primary forests at elevations around 500 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with thin, occasionally branching, terete, leafy stems carrying basally twisted, lightly clasping, elliptic, long acuminate leaves that blooms on a terminal, simple to sometimes branching, nodding, shortly pedunculate, rachis thin, angled, 1/2" to .68" [1.2 to 1.7 cm] long, laxly, 8 flowered inflorescence

J J Smith stated that this species is close to P sciuroides but P bilabiatus has broader leaves the lip is expanded below the attachment and is much longer and arcuate and the mentum is at a 90 degree angle to the ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001;