Spathoglottis parviflora Kraenzl. ex Warb. 1845 Photos courtesy of © Dr. E.F. de Vogel, and André Schuiteman and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Copyright © 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site


Common Name The Small Flowered Spathoglottis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

A miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial species found in New Guinea on slopes and limestone rocks in grasslands at elevations of 700 to 3600 meters where they can take full sun year round and require regular waterings and fertilizer year round. It has ovoid 3" pseudobulbs with numerous apical, stalked, linear-lanceolate, pointed, plicate, membraneous, and up to 3' long leaves. The stiff, erect, terminal inflorescence has a head of successive nonfragrant flowers that can bloom several times in a year but most often through the spring and summer.

Synonyms Spathoglottis montana P.Royen 1979; Spathoglottis obovata J.J.Sm. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1985 drawing fide; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea P. Van Royen 1979 as S montana drawing ok; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008;