Thrixspermum graeffei Rchb.f 1868 SECTION Thrixspermum Photos courtesy of NEG Cruttwell, Dr. E.F. de Vogel Andre Schuiteman and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Common Name Graeff's Thrixspermum [Plant Collector in Samoa 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa in montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short, densely leafy stem carrying 3 to 5, ligulate, obliquely subacute, Somewhat fleshy leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a very slender, 4 to 5.2" [10 t o13 cm] long, rather stiff inflorecence with saw-like bracts and conduplicate, falcate-ovate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Sarcochilus graeffei (Rchb.f.) Benth. & Hook.f. 1892; Thrixspermum oreadum Schltr.1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 as T oreadum drawing fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Cribb & Lewis 1989; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Orchids of Samoa, Cribb & Whistler 1996 drawing/photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008