!Neuwiedia veratrifolia Blume 1834

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Photo by André Schuiteman, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Fragrance Part Shade Hot Warm LATEFall Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Veratrium-Like Neuwiedia

Flower Size to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm]

Found in Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Moluccas, New Guinea, the Solomon Island, the Philippines and Vanuatu at elevations around 250 to 1000 meters as a giant sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 10 or so, distichous, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate and acute, variable in size leaves around the base and blooms in the late fall and early winter on a to 20"+ [50 cm+] long, many [40 to 80] flowered, very pilose inflorescence with linear, acute floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Neuwiedia amboinensis J.J.Sm. 1914; Neuwiedia calanthoides Ridl. 1886; Neuwiedia cucullata J.J.Sm. 1911; Neuwiedia lindleyi Rolfe 1889

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 as N lindleyi drawing fide; Blumea 17: 333 de Vogel 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photos fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo good; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 2010 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo ok; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing ok; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #1 2013 photo fide;