Porphyrodesme sarcanthoides (J.J.Sm.) Mahyar 1988


Plant Photos courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Common Name The Sarcanthus-Like Porphyrodesme

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Sumatra, Sulawesi and Borneo in lowland and hill forests on the undersides of branches at elevations of 100 to 1200 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a long and pendulous, upturned apex, terete stem carrying a few linear, slightly twisted, narrowing apically, obtusely channeled, thick, fleshy, shiny reddish green leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, 5.4" [13.5 cm] long, 3 to 4 branched, many flowered, red, glabrous inflorescence with small, wide open flowers

Synonyms *Renanthera sarcanthoides J.J.Sm. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide