Thrixspermum brevicapsularis Holttum 1947 SECTION Dendrocolla

Drawing Photo by Ong P T/Drawing Peter O'byrne

Full shadeColdSummer

Common Name The Short Seed Capsule Thrixspermum

Flower Size .38" [9 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia in wet montane forests on small branches as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations around 2000 meters with a many leaved stem carrying very fleshy, purple spotted on both sufaces, narrowing gradually into the acute, bilobed apex leaves that blooms in the summer on a pale green, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, successively 1 to 2, to 20 flowered inflorescence with a swollen cylindrical rachis and with tiny triangular bracts.

The most significant difference between this species and T duplocallosum is that this species has a clawed, non-saccate lip base, while T duplocallosum has a triangular, large erect cone-like structure.

Synonyms Anoectochilus pubescens Blume 1825; Cystopus pubescens (Blume) Blume 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Malaysia Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 as T merguense photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide

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