Kris Kopicki

Sarcochilus spathulatus R.S. Rogers 1927 Photo by Kris Kopicki and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy ofGreg and Kerri Steenbeeke and their Orkology Kreations Website

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Common Name The Sheath Covered Spathe Sarcochilus - In Australia The Small Butterfly Orchid

Flower Size 1/4 to 3/8" [1 to 1.5 cm]

A rare epiphyte occuring on the outer twigs of rainforest trees along river courses in Queensland and New South Wales Australia below elevations of 600 meters with a short stem carrying 2 to 10, thin, leathery, often purple spotted leaves that blooms with an axillary, pendant, 3/4" to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, racemose, several [5] flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers occuring in the late winter and spring. Mount this cool to warm growing species on a twig and give high humidity, and good air circulation.

Synonyms Parasarcochilus spathulatus (R.S. Rogers) Dockr. 1967; Pteroceras spathulatum (R.S. Rogers) Garay 1972; Sarcochilus harriganiae Rupp 1938

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen lieferung 22 Schlechter/Brieger 1989 as Sarchochilus harriganae; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990 as Parasarcochilus spathulatus drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 1 2007 photo

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