Spathoglottis paulinae F. Muell. 1867 SECTION Lilacinae Photo by Th Nordhausen and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website.

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl, plant grown by JEM Orchids


Common Name Pauline Richmond's Spathoglottis [Australian Orchid Enthusiast] - In Australia The Small Purple Orchid

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm]

Found in Australia and Papua and New Guinea as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial species at elevations of 100 to 650 meters in sunny disturbed areas such as road cuts or sloping rocky grasslands with a short rhizome giving rise to a minute pseudobulb carrying 2 to 4, erect-patent, narrowly linear, long acuminate, glabrous, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a 3' 8" [110 cm] long, basal, erect, racemose inflorescence which extends during blooming and has successive [6 to 8 open at a time] opening flowers. It is self pollinating and nearly all flowers set a capsule.

Synonyms Bletia paulinae F.Muell. 1867; Spathoglottis rivularis Schltr. 1912; Spathoglottis soutteriana F.M.Bailey 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1893; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as Spathoglottis rivularis Schltr. 1912/1985 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as S rivularis photo fide; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008;