Microsaccus griffithii (Parish ex Rchb. f.) Seidenf. 1988

Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Milan Vagner


Common Name Griffith's Microsaccus [English Physician and Orchid Collector in India late 1900's]

Flower Size .15" [3.5mm]

Found in Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, penninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra and the Philippines in lowland open forests at elevations of [sea-level] 500 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an occasionally branching stem carrying, arranged in two rows, distichous, imbricating, laterally flattened, mottled, fleshy, ovate, obtuse that sometimes are minutely and unequally bilobed apically leaves and a monopodial stem that blooms in the summer and fall from the axils of the leaves with a very short, 2 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

This species requires high humidity and frequent waterings.

Synonyms Gastrochilus griffithii (C.S.P.Parish & Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Microsaccus brevifolius J.J.Sm. 1906; Microsaccus griffithii (Parish ex Rchb. f.) Seidenf. 1988; *Saccolabium griffithii Parish ex Rchb. f. 1874

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as M brevifolius; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1964 as M brevifolius drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as M brevifolius; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as M brevifolius; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 drawing/photo good; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo good; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo good; Philipp0ine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae paret 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 drawing fide;