Thelasis compacta Schltr. 1913 SUBGENUS Thelasis NO PHOTO

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cool EARLY Summer

Common Name The Compact Thelasis [refers to the diminutive size of the plant]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to close set, oblique, depressed, oblong to conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, fleshy leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, strict, fleshy, few bracted peduncle, rachis capituliform, subglobose, shorter than the leaf, densely many flowered inflorescence with broadly elliptic, apiculate longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are green.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913