Podochilus malabaricus Wight 1851 Photo by Art Vogel and his Picasa Orchid Photo Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Malabar Podochilus [An area of southern India]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in India, Sri Lanka and Borneo in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations up to 1350 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short, slender, nonpseudobulbous stem enveloped by leaf sheath bases carrying equitant, laterally compressed, coriacecous, ensiform, acute, smaller towards the apex leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on terminal and axillary, subrotund, on a 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, laxly few flowered infloresscence that is much longer than the leaves with ovate, acuminate, acute, 3 veined floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; A Checklist of the orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994;