Thrixspermum brevibracteatum J.J.Sm. 1928 SECTION Thrixspermum Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Angle

Plant in situ Cameron Heights Malaysia Photos by David Kuehn

Part shade Cool Cold winter Spring

Common Name The Short Bracted Thrixspermum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia and Sumatra in montane forests at elevations around 1600 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a sometimes branching, rigid stem carrying short, oblong to strap-shaped, more or less equally and obtusely bilobed apically, reddish and shiny, narrowing below into the tubular sheathed leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on 2 to 3, superposed, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, longer than the leaves, zig-zagged, quadrangular, laxly successively many flowered inflorescence with three, short, tubular bracts and alternating in 2 rows, short, somewhat clasping the rachis, triangular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Malaysia Vol 1 Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001