Stenoglottis longifolia Hooker F. 1891 Photo by Carolyn Barry

Closeup of flower

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Common Name The Long-Leafed Stenoglottis

Flower Size 1/2" or more [1 to 1.2 cm]

A medium to large sized, robust and stout terrestrial, epiphyte or lithophyte that is closely allied to S. fimbriata as it may be synonymonous, albeit the plant is much more robust than S. fimbriata. It is a cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte from Natal and Zululand, South Africa in humus or on mossy rocks and rock outcroppings at elevations of 300 to 1300 meters with numerous oblanceolate or narrowly oblong, acute, light green leaves that have undulate margins in a basal rosette and it blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, 14" [35 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence that has a few scattered sheaths along the scape, occuring in the summer and autumn. Grow in a fast draining medium such as coarse sandy soil and leaf mold, give cool to cold temperatures, moderate light and ample water while growing and a lessening after leaf fall in the winter and then restart as the new leaves appear.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo ok; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 #8 1978 photo fide ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 # 6 1979 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo good; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Oasis Vol 1 No 2 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 11 2000 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 5 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 12 2009 photo fide;