Smithsonia viridiflora (Dalzell) C.J.Saldanha 1974

Photo by Dinesh Valke and his Flickr Orchid Website

Another Inflorescence Photo by the Enchanting Kerala Website

Full shade Warm LATERSpring

Common Name The Green Flowered Smithsonia

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in southwestern India as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 2 to 3, lanceolate-elliptic leaves that blooms in the later spring on a 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, from the base of the stem, rachis corymbose-umbellate, to 8 flowered inflorescence with oblong-ovate floral bracts and carrying flowers that have greenish white tepals and a white lip with pink spots.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so use with caution.

Synonyms Aerides dalzelliana (Santapau) Garay 1972; Gastrochilus dalzellianus (Santapau) Santapau & Kopadia 1963; Gastrochilus viridiflorus (Dalzell) Kuntze 1891; *Micropera viridiflora Dalzell 1851; Saccolabium viridiflorum (Dalzell) Lindl. 1859; Sarcochilus dalzellianus Santapau 1948 publ. 1949; Sarcochilus viridiflorus (Dalzell) T.Cooke 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids, A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as Loxoma viridiflora; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing good; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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