Stereochilus erinaceus (Rchb. f.) Garay 1972

Side View Of Flower

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright , and the Butterfly and Orchids Photo Gallery

Another Flower - notice all the hair on the flower itself Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Part shade Hot Warm LATESpring

Common Name The Hedgehog Stereochilus

Flower Size 1/3" [.8 cm]

Found in Burma and Thailand as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying fleshy, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring on a pendant to lateral, 3 to 6" [7.5 cm to 15 cm] long, racemose, few flowered inflorescence.

This species and S hirtus are very similar and often confused but this species differs mostly in the hairs on the pedicel, sepals and petals of the flower not just the pedicel as in S hirtus.

Synonyms Aerides dasycarpum R.Hogg 1866; *Sarcanthus erinaceus Rchb.f. 1864; Sarcanthus stowellianus Bateman 1867

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as Sarcanthus erinaceus; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Sarcanthus erinaceus; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Sarcanthus erinaceus drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Sarcanthus erinacea; Die Orchideen lieferung 21 Schlechter/Brieger 1989; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo hmm;