Tainia vegetissima Ridl. 1908

Photo by J Dransfield


Drawing by Turner

Common Name The Vegetable-Like Tainia [refers to the thickened margin somewhat fleshy leaf]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in pennisular Malaysia in moss forests at elevations around 1000 to 1250 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a short stem carrying a single, erect, ovate, acute, margin somewhat thickened, one margin sometimes crenulate, the other not to slightly crenulate, somewhat fleshy, shining purple brown, plicate, 11 to 15 veined, gradually narrowing below into the crimson petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a terminal, erect, peduncle 5.2 to 9.6" [13 to 24.5 cm] long, with 4 bracts, 7.6 to 10.8" [19 to 27 cm] long overall, rachis 1.28 to 2.24" [3.2 to 5.6 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with patent, triangular floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, pale yellow flowers closely lined with purple and the lip is crison and lined with yellow.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 ; Orchid Monographs Vol 6 H Turner 1992 drawing/photo fide; Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Malesian Orchid J. 2: 54 J.J.Wood & A.L.Lamb 2008 drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 15 P.O'Byrne 2015 ;