Pomatocalpa fuscum (Lindl.) J.J.Sm. 1912

Photo by Leonardo L. Co and The Phyto Images Website

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Inflorescence and plant


Photos by Comber/Nordhausen and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade Hot Warm

Common Name The Dusky Pomatocalpa

Flower Size

Found in Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines in lowland forests on trees in open areas as a giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a stout stem carrying spreading, oblong, fleshy leaves that blooms on an erect,branched, peduncle terete, 5.6 to 8 [14 to 20 cm] long, 4 short, tubular bracted, branching some [2 to 5] in the upper part, incurved, 8 [20 cm] long overall, rachis dense, successively 4 to 5, many flowered inflorescence with very short, triangular floral bracts.

Seidenfaden states that the flowers are yellow-green to greenish and have dull purple spotting throughout the outside and only in the basal half on the inside.

Synonyms *Cleisostoma fuscum Lindl. 1850; Pomatocalpa elongatum Carr 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo good; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Wood & Beeman etal 2001 photo fide; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo not = p kunstleri; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide