Podochilus microphyllus Lindl. 1833

Plant and Flowers

Plant in situ Malesia Photos by © Jaap Vermeulen, courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and André Schuiteman and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Full shade HotCool Winter LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning The Small Leafed Podochilus

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in Cambodia, Myanmar, Nicobar Islands, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Malaysia and Sumatra in shady forests in lowlands at elevations of 60 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant, thin, freely branching stems enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying many, 2 ranked, oblong, apiculate green to reddish leaves that blooms in the winter through late spring on a terminal, sometimes lateral, thin, fractiflex, to .4" [1 cm] long, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts and small flowers

Synonyms Podochilus confusus J.J.Sm. 1927

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo good; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as Podochilus microphyllum; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids Of Sarawak Beaman & Wood etal 2001; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmuessen 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Thailand Vol 2 Vadhanaphuti 2014 photo fide