Bromheadia tenuis J.J.Sm. 1931 SECTION Aporodes

Drawing by deVogel


Common Name The Thin Bromheadia

Flower Size

Found in Vietnam and Borneo in upper hill to montane forests at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters as a miniature to large sized, warm to cool growing, slender epiphyte or terrestrial with an erect, basal part naked, terete stem enveloped in the upper 2/3's by imbricating sheaths lower 2 to 3 leafless, leaf bearing above, each carrying many stiff, hard-coriaceous, the upper 1 to 2 around the inflorescence short, linear almost terete, straight to curved, 8 to 14 nerved per side leaves that blooms in the later summer through fall on a terminal, unbranched to 7 branched, to .8" [to 2 cm] long, to 30 or more flowered inflorescence with imbricating, hard, thick, keeled along the top floral bracts and carrying wide open to not opening flowers arising from the imbricating floral bracts with yellowish green to purple sepals, the dorsal sepal with tiny purple spots at the base externally, the petals lighter yellow with a pale margin, a white lip with dark violet veins on the lateral lobes, 2 violet blotches at the junction of the epichile and hypochile, a yellow callus with some dark violet papillae, the column yellowish to brownish apically with red spots and an almost white anther.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Monographs Vol 8 deVogel 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood Beaman etal 2001;