Thrixspermum leucarachne Ridl. 1896 SECTION Thrixspermum

Lip Detail Photos courtesy of © André Schuiteman, Jaap Vermeulen and Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The White Spider Thrixspermum

Flower Size 3.1" [7.6 cm]

Found in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malasia and Sumatra at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a monopodial stem carrying several, linear, lorate, obtusely and unevenly bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring on a longer than the leaves, 7.2" [18 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence completely enveloped by distichous, imbricate, acute, triangular, conduplicate bracts from which a single large, flower arises

Synonyms Sarcochilus leucarachne (Ridl.) F.N.Williams 1904

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing good; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing ok; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo good;