Podochilus cultratus Lindl. 1833

Flowers from another angle

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Rudolf Jenny and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Drawing Drawing by G. King and R. Pantling and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Deep Shade Hot Spring

Common Name The Knife Shaped Podochilus [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Assam, eastern Himalayas; Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at elevations around 390 meters as a miniature sized, hot, pendant growing epiphyte with a glabrous stem enveloped completely by imbricate, equitant, lanceolate, falcate, acute, many veined leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal or at the nodes, slender, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, cuspidate, floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Indian Orchids: Tidsskrift bd 68 hft 1 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand V Seidedenfaden 1973 drawing ok; A Guide to Culture and Identification Vol 2 1979 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 #4 1997 photo ok; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Wild Orchids of Thailand Vadhanaphuti 2005 photo ok