Oeonia volucris (Thouars) Spreng. 1826

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower

Photos by Rudi Hromniak and his Orchid Webpage

Part sun Hot Cool Summer Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Twisted Snail Oeonia

Flower Size 1"+ [2.5 cm]

Found in the eastern coastal forests of Madagascar at elevations of sealevel to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate stem carrying sparse, distant, oval-oblong or elliptical leaves that are somewhat attenuate to the sheath that blooms in the summer, fall and early winter on a 12 to 14" [30 to 35 cm] long, loosely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Aeranthus volucris Rchb.f 1864; *Epidendrum volucre Thou 1822; Epidorkis volucris Kuntze 1891; Oeonia auberti Lindl. 1824; Oeonia humblotii Kranzl. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Epidendrum volucre drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 as O elliotii; The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 photo fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 10 1997 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; The Orchid Review Vol 127 No 1328 December 2019 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;