Papilionanthe hookeriana [Rchb. f.]Schlechter 1915

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Common Name Hooker's Papilionanthe [English Botanist 1800's] - In Malaysia The Kinta Weed - Jimson Weed

Flower Size to more than 2" [5 cm]

Found in Vietnam, Thailand, penninsular Malaya, Sumatra, and Borneo in open, swampy areas of near the seacoast in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests and savana-like woodlands in deep peaty soils that submerge annually in freshwater floods at elevations of sealevel to 700 meters as a large sized, ranging, terete leafed, hot to warm growing, monopodial terrestrial orchid that likes full sun with a slender, scrambling, terete, long stem carrying terete, sulcate, mucronate, constricted 3/4" below the apex leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, 12" [30 cm] long, sheathed at the base inflorescence that has large bracts and carrying several [2 to 12], large, showy, long-lived, successively opening flowers.

A poulstice is made with leaves that are heated and applied to sore or rheumatic joints in the Moluccas Islands.

Synonyms Vanda hookeri Hort. 1882, *Vanda hookeriana Rchb.f 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Vanda hookeriana; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as V hookeriana; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Vanda hookeriana drawing fide;AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 4 1959 as Vanda hookeriana; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as Vanda hookeriana Drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Vanda hookeriana; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 as Vanda hookeri photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 10 1979 as Vanda hookeriana photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 6 1982 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing ok; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 8 1993 photo as Vanda hookeriana; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 12 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 2 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 #1 2008 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; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2014;