!Trichoglottis retusa Blume 1825

Photo by The Butterfly and Orchids Gallery

Another Flower

Photo by Dale Borders

Another Flower thin version

Photo by Saw Leng Guan and Biological diversity Clearing House Mechanism Website

Common Name or Meaning The Blunt Trichoglottis

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in southern penninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar as well as Java and Sumatra in lowland to montane mixed forests on large lower branches or forks of large treesat elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing, climbing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte on leaflitter and sandstone ledges on cliffs with slender branched stems carrying rather distant narrow, oblong to strap-shaped, deeply bilobed with unequal and obtuse lobes apically, sessile, leaves and blooms in the winter on fasciles oppisite the leaves, 1 to 3 at a node, single flowered inflorescence arising from the upper leaf axils and held close to the stem with wide open, fleshy, lemon scented flowers

This species and T lowderiana have been mixed up for years but this species is found in southern penninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar as well as Java and Sumatra while T lowderiana occurs only in Borneo. There does not seem to be any overlap in where they occur.

Synonyms 1.4" [3.5 cm]


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ormat=query&ret_defaults=on">IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as T tomentosa not photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994 drawing/photo not = T lowderiana; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 not = T lowderiana; A to Z of Southeast Asian Orchids O'Byrne not = T lowderiana photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 not = T lowderiana photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; photo not = T lowderiana; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002 record from Sulawesi?; The Wild Orchids of Thailand Vadhanaphutti 2001 as T tomentosa not = T retusa photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 1 2008 not - T lowderiana photo; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 4 2009 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide