Thrixspermum kipandicum P.O'Byrne & Gokusing 2016 SECTION Thrixspermum

Plant and Flowers in situ Kipandi Park

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by Peter O'Byrne

Common Name The Kipandi Park Thrixspermum

Flower Size 6 to 7.6" [15 to 19 cm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations of 900 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with spreading, leafy in the distal part stems enveloped by compressed, yellow green to green, persistent, longer than the internodes sheaths and carrying spreading, leathery, strap-shaped to oblong to ovate, green, obtuse to rounded, unequally bilobed leaves that blooms in the fall winter and spring on several, spreading, arising from the nodes near the base of the stem, peduncle 3.2 to 6.4" [8 to 16 cm] long, broadening slightly towards the rachis, cylindrical, distal part compressed and winged, yellow green to green, provided with one at the base and 2 more below the rachis bracts, rachis compressed, to 6" [15 cm] or more, sporadically successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorescence with rather close, compressed, ovate-triangular, falcate, somewhat shorter than the ovary, acute floral bracts and carrying ephemeral, wide open flowers.

Similar to T inquinatum but T kipandianum differs in spreading habit, the linguiform sidelobe apex and the non-canaliculate callus. .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 18 2016 photo fide;