!Thaia saprophytica Seidenf. 1975


Plant in situ

Photos by André Schuiteman, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Deep Shade Cool

Common Name The Saprophytic Thaia

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Thailand and Laos in humid shady evergreen jungle in crevasse between large limestone rock in hill forests at elevations of 1400 to 1500 meters as a leafless mycoheterotrophic, medium to just large sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect, slender stem enveloped by sheaths that blooms on a 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, one to few? branching, branches to 2" [5 cm] long, successively 1 to 2, several to many flowered inflorescence with hyaline, lanceolate, acute, persistent floral bracts and carrying yellowish green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bild 70 Hft 1Orchid Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand VI Seidenfaden 1975 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 drawing fide; Orchid Genera of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam Schuiteman & de Vogel 2000; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;