Smitinandia helferi ( Hook.f. ) Garay 1972

Flower Closeup

Side View Of FlowerPhotos by Jay Pfahl

Part sun Hot Warm Summer

Common Name Helfer's Smitinandia [Czech Orchid Collector and Botanist in Asia 1800's]

Flower Size 1/16" [.2 cm]

Found in the Andaman Island, Myanamar, penninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying a few loriform, contracted and notched apically, close set leaves that blooms in the summer on a 3" [7.5 cm] long, descending, many flowered, racemose inflorescence with many successively opening flowers.

Synonyms Gastrochilus helferi (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Saccolabium helferi Hook. f. 1890; Saccolabium humile Ridl. 1911; Smitinandia humilis (Ridl.) Holttum 1969

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Saccolabium helferi drawing ok; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Saccolabium helferi; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as Saccolabium humile drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 21 Schlechter/Brieger 1989 drawing/photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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