Thelasis capitata Blume 1825 SUBGENUS Thelasis



Photos by Rudi Hromniak and his and his Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Head-Shaped Thelasis [refers to the inflorescence shape] - In Australia The Conical Fly Orchid

Flower Size .02" [2 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, The Philippines and Christmas Island in hill and lower montane forests at elevations of 500 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte on tree trunks or as a lithophyte on rocks with hershey kiss-like, light green, obtusely angular pseudobulbs enveloped almost completely by a from the base small, leaf-like sheath and carrying a single, apical, narrowly lanceolate, obtuse leaves and blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a basal, erect, 4.2" to 12" [11 to 30 cm] long, terete, densely many flowered inflorescence with shortly triangular, concave and acute floral bracts carrying the scarcely opening flowers in an apical conical head.

Synonyms Thelasis ochreata Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing ok; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011