Thrixspermum tortum J.J.Sm. 1914 SECTION Thrixspermum

Photo by Martin Epicphals and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website.

Flower detail

Photo by R B G Kew

Fragrance Part Shade Hot Warm Spring

Common Name The Twisted Thrixspermum

Flower Size 6.8" [17 cm]

Found in Sumatra, Java and Borneo in open scrub on rocks or on small trees at elevations around 500 meters as large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a long, climbing stem carrying oblong, broad, sessile, obtuse, unequally bilobed apically with a short tooth in between leaves that blooms in the spring on a much longer than the leaf, 5.6 to 7" [14 to 17.5 cm] long, becoming flattened, many flowered inflorescence and carrying ephemeral, fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001 as T cf tortum; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 4 Wood 2003 Drawing/photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 2010; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo ok;