Thrixspermum pulchellum (Thwaites) Schltr. 1911 SECTION Thrixspermum

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Part shade Hot LATERWarmSpring Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Beautiful Thrixspermum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka at elevations up to650 meters as a mniature to small sized, hot to warm, pendent growing epiphyte with a pendent stem becoming upturned at the apex carrying strap-shaped, slightly falcate, fleshy, sessile, coriaceous, grooved aong the mid rib, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a terminal peduncle, 1 to 3.6" [2.5 to 9 cm] long, slender, broader towards the end, with 1 to 2 sterile bracts, successively single flowered inflorescence with acuminate, spiny, single veined, floral bracts.

Synonyms *Cylindrochilus pulchellus Thwaites 1861; Dendrocolla pulchella (Thwaites) Thwaites 1864; Sarcochilus pulchellus (Thwaites) Trimen 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007