Pomatocalpa simalurense J.J.Sm. 1920

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

Partial shade Hot

Common Name The Simeuluë Pomatocalpa

Flower Size

Found on Simeuluë Island off Aceh province Sumatra at elevations below 200 meters as a giant sized, hot growing epiphyte with a long and climbing, terete, rigid stem carrying oblong to strap shaped, narrowing near the apex, obtuse, very shortly and obliquely bilobed apically leaves that blooms on an ascending, much longer than the leaves, 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, 8.8 to 16” [22 to 40 cm] long overall, rachis .6 to 2.4” [1.5 to 6 cm] long, laxly below, dense above, successively many flowered inflorescence with very short, triangular floral bracts.

Comber states that the flowers are fleshy and light yellow with dark red dots.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001;