Thrixspermum bellamabantae Cabactulan, Cootes & R.B.Pimentel 2018

Plant and Flowers

TYPE Photo by Miguel David De Leon and the The Phytoimages Website

Part shade Warm EARLIER Winter

Common Name Bella Mabanta's Thrixspermum [Philippine mother of Benjamin Mabanta, in whose collection the species was first noted to be an undescribed species current]

Flower Size .72" [1.8 cm]

Found in the Philippines on Mindanao Island on mossy branches at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with flattened, glabrous stems enveloped by cataphyls and carrying lanceolate, apex emarginate, sessile base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, cylindrical, erect, peduncle terete, erect, glabrous, 4.68" [11.7 cm] long, provided with 3, triangular bracts, at each internode arise a successive single flower, with up to 4 flowers open at any one time, several flowered inflorescence with aristate, whorled, stout, glabrous, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying short-lived flowers

"Thrixspermum bellamabantaiae is most similar to Thrix. pulchrum Carr, from Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo, but differs in the more angular side lobes of the labellum of Thrix. bellamabantaiae versus the rounded side lobes of Thrix. pulchrum; and the densely pubescent side lobes and mid lobe of the labellum of Thrix. bellamabantaiae, whereas the side lobes and mid lobe of the labellum of Thrix. pulchrum are much more sparsely pubescent. The trichomes of Thrix. bellamabantaiae are parallel for their whole length, whereas the trichomes of Thrix. pulchrum are club-shaped." Cabactulan, M.D. De Leon, Cootes, and Pimentel 2019


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 6(2): 18 Cabactulan, M.Leon, Cootes & R.B.Pimentel 2018 photo fide;