Tainia trinervis (Blume) Rchb.f. 1857

Plant Photos courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website


Common Name The Three-Nerved Tainia - in Australia - The Ribbon Orchid

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Moluccas, New Guinea, Australia and the Solomon Islands in lower montane forests at elevations of 700 to 1200 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a cylindrical, slightly basally swollen pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, plicate, elliptic, acute, thin 3 nerved leaf that blooms in the spring summer and fall on an erect, basal, 11.2" to 29.6" [28 to 69 cm] long, 11 to 25 flowered inflorescence carrying several simultaneous flowers.

Synonyms Dendrobium paucifolium Reinw. ex Blume 1856; Mitopetalum parviflorum Blume 1859; Mitopetalum plicatum Blume 1856; Mitopetalum rubescens Blume 1859; *Mitopetalum trinerve Blume 1856; Mitopetalum trinervium Blume 1859; Tainia parviflora (Blume) Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985 as T parviflora drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 6 Seidenfaden 1992 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008;