Podochilus lucescens Blume 1825

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Part shade Hot Cool

Common Name or Meaning The Shining Podochilus [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .6" [1.75 cm]

Found in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines in lowland, hill, lower montane and moss forests amongst mosses low down on tree trunks at elevations of [Sea-level] 150 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte on trees or lithophye on mossy rocks near waterfalls with a rarely branching stem carrying 2 rows of distichous, imbricate, oblong, obtuse and finely apiculate leaves that blooms on a terminal, occasionally lateral, .55" to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, 2 ranked, many flowered, fractiflex inflorescence with persistent, ovate, acute, concave floral bracts with barely opening, small flowers

Synonyms Podochilus robinsonii Ames 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Sm. 1908 drawing ok; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing?/photo ok; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo ok; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo ok; Orchids Of Sarawak Beaman & Wood etal 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmuessen 2005; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011