Macodes pulcherrima Schltr. 1911 Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Beautiful Macodes

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in humus under bushes and trees at elevations around 1200 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a decumbent, cauliform rhizome giving rise to a terete, glandulose-puberulous, basally leafy stem carrying about 2 to 4, erect-patent, velvety dark green-brown with reticulate rose red veining, close set, subrosulate, elliptic-ovate, acute to subacuminate, glabrous, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, cylindrical, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, sublaxly 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, glandular-puberulous, half the length of the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are brown with a white lip and column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257 - 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974