Tropidia bambusifolia (Thwaites) Trimen 1885

Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Hot Warm LATE Winter EARLY Spring Summer MIDFall

Common Name The Bamboo-Like Tropidia

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in southern India, the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka in submiontane of tropiocalwet evergreen forests at elevations up to 650 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a leafy, slender, grasslike stem enveloped comletely exept for the base by leaf sheaths and carrying suberect, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, membraneous, 3 to 5 veined, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late winter, easrly spring, summer and mid fall on a terminal, peduncle .24 to 1" [.6 to 2.5 cm] long, with many circular, erect, strongly nerved sterile bracts, subcapitate, many flowered inflorescence with subulate, from a broadly dilated base, 3 veined, glabrous but with a fewe scattered inernal hairs floral bracts and carrying yellowish green flowers..

Synonyms *Cnemidia bambusifolia Thwaites 1861; Tropidia thwaitesii Hook.f. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as Tropidia thwaitesii drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981

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