Flickingeria convexa (Blume) A.D. Hawkes 1965 SECTION BilobulataPhoto By Peter O'Byrne - Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Flower Closeup


Plant in situ Thailand Photos by David Kuehn

Common Name The Convex Petal Flickingeria - In Australia The Piggyback Orchid

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

Found from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, to north Australia in mangrove and sago swamps at sealevel and low-lying swamp forest at elevations around 600 to 800 meters, on trunks and branches of trees as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte. It blooms in the fall and winter in nature on a short, single flowered, green inflorescence arising from a deltoid yellow brown bract seated at the leaf axil. The distinctive flower lasts for less than a day. The spindle shaped pseudobulbs are carried on the rhizome about 4" [10 cm] apart. Each pseudobulb has a single oblong, thick, fleshy, obtuse to shortly indented, green to black beneath leaf. Needs to be mounted to accomodate the creeping growth habit.

Synonyms Abaxianthus convexus (Blume) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Callista convexa (Bl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium convexum [Bl.] Lindl. 1830; *Desmotrichum convexum Blume 1825; Ephemerantha convexa (Blume) P.F. Hunt & Summerh. 1961

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Dendrobium convexa drawing; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Dendrobium convexum; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as Dendrobium convexum drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as Dendrobium convexum; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Flickingeria Bind 34 NR 1 Seidenfaden 1980 drawing good; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo?; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Botanicas Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo hmm; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2006 photo hmm; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Abaxianthus convexus photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 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; A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes and Tiong 2015 photo fide;