Tuberolabium speciosum (D.L. Jones et al.) J.J. Wood 1990 SECTION Trachoma Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. photo by Peter O'Byrne Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site


Common Name The Outstanding Tuberolabium - In Australia The Showy Spectral Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/8" [1.4 cm]

Found as a miniature sized, hot growing monopodial epiphyte in Papua and New Guinea, Queensland Australia and Irian Jaya in the lowland savannahs in thickets on small trees at elevations of 50 to 500 meters with sparsely branched short stems carrying 4 to 8, erect, thick, leathery, pale greyish green to yellow green, lanceolate, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms successively over 3 to 4 months in the spring through fall on an axillary from the lower leaf or lateral from below the lowest leaf, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, club-shaped, horizontal to erect, to 15 flowered inflorescence which increases in size over time with 2 to 15 successively, fragrant, ephemeral, rather fleshy flowers open at a time in a ring at the inflorescence tip.

Synonyms Parapteroceras speciosum (D.L.Jones & al.) Szlach. 2003; Trachoma speciosum D.L. Jones et al. 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Orchids pg 922 12/06; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Trachoma speciosum photo fide