Sirhookera lanceolata (Wight) Kuntze 1891

Plant and Flowers Photos by Suranjan Fernando and Orchid Flickr Website

Inflorescence Photo and courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part Shade FallWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Lanceolate Sirhookera

Flower Size .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in southwestern India and Sri Lanka at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate-oblong, somewhat acute apically, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall through early spring on a erect, 8 to 10" [20 to 30 cm] long, shortly branching, slender, few flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Josephia lanceolata Wight 1851; Polystachya ramosa Gardner ex Thwaites 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 photo/drawing fide; oberothwaitsii.jpg The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok;