Renanthera monachica Ames 1915 Photo courtesy of Bill Garris

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Petite Plaisance

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Common Name Spanish Dancing Girl Renenthera

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/2" [2.5 to 4 cm]

This is a Philippine species from the island of Luzon at elevations up to 500 meters that is a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a long stem carrying many, distichous, approximate, ligulate, unequaly and obtusely bilobed apically, coriaceous leaves that blooms on an axillary, suberect, simple, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, laxly racemose inflorescence that has tubular bracts, occuring in the late winter and spring with many [6 to 30], non-fragrant, long-lasting flowers. It is a monopodial, vandanaceous, medium sized epiphyte with an axillary inflorescence and does best in a wood slat basket with little or no medium.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 photo; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 drawing ok/photo fide; Orchids Australia Vol 12 No 6 2000 photo; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 5 2009 photo; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014;