Robiquetia cerina (Rchb. f.) Garay 1972

Flower Closeup

Double Inflorescence Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Yellow Flower Form Photo by Takato NATSU and his Japan Orchid Website


Common Name The Waxy Flowered Robiquettia

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea and the Philippines as an epiphyte at elevations over 350 meters occuring on tree trunks as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with rather broad, strongly compressed, ancipitous stems carrying several, leathery, 2 ranked, at right angles to the stem, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a racemose, conical, pendulous, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence that has a third of the flowers open at any one time.

Synonyms *Malleola merrillii Ames 1915 ; Robiquetia merrillii (Ames) Ames 1922; *Saccolabium cerinum Rchb. f. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 photo ok; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;