Vrydagzynea samoana Schltr. 1910 Photo by Arthur Whistler and The Rare Plants of American Samoa Website

Full shade Hot Warm

Common Name The Samoan Vrydagzynea

Flower Size

Found in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu in montane and cloud forests at elevations of 175 to 650 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with narrowly ovate to elliptic-ovate, acuminate, light to dark green, gradually narrowing below in to the petiollate base leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, glabrous to sparsely pubescent near apex, densely several to many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate floral bracts.

Synonyms Vrydagzynea albida var. purpurascens Kraenzl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo good