Trichoglottis luwuensis P.O'Byrne & J.J.Verm.2008 SECTION Staurochilus

Inflorescence Photo by Art Vogel

Fragrant Part sun Hot Warm winterSpring LATEfall

Common Name or Meaning The Luwu Trichoglottis [A Province of Sulawesi]

Flower Size .6 to .7" [1.5 to 1.7 cm]

Found in Sulawesi on roadside trees at elevations around 500 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphtye with a stiffly erect, simple, slightly compressed stem leafy all along the length and carrying distichous, spreading, oblong, very stiff, coriaceous, dark green, paler beneath, often stained grey, tapering and v shaped towards the base, tapering towards the apex, unequally, obtusely bilobed leaves that blooms in the winter and late spring through fall on a lateral, erect, simple to one short branched, rather compressed, 1.8 to 10" [4.5 to 25 cm] long, 2 to 18 flowered inflorescence with 3 imbricate, pale green bracts and carrying slightly fragrant, fleshy, long-lasting flowers.

Within my treatment of the Orchidaceae this species would be much better placed within Stauochilus but as yet this species has not had that name published.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Review Vol 1 2008 photo/drawing fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide