Pomatocalpa linearipetalum J.J.Sm. 1928 Photo by Peter O'Byrne

TYPE Drawing

TYPEDrawing by J J Smith and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Fragrant Partial sun Warm Cool Summer

Common Name The Linear Petal Pomatocalpa

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] long

Found in the Moluccas on river and roadside trees and on the margins of montane forests at elevations of 600 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a rather short, stout stem carrying up to 25 dull-grey green, erect leaves that are apically rounded and unequally bilobed and blooms in the summer on a several branched, erect, slender, finely pilose, 10 to 16" [25 to 40 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with elongate triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying vanilla scented flowers.

Very similar to P kunstleri but P linearipetalum has longer floral bracts, more colorful flowers and linear petals as well as having vanilla scented flowers.

Synonyms Pomatocalpa kunstleri subsp. linearipetalum (J.J.Sm.) Watthana 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988; A to Z of Southeast Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 2011 photo fide