Phaius longibracteatus (S.Moore) Frapp. ex Cordem. 1895

Inflorescence Photo by Orchids of Reunion website


Common Name The Elongate Bract Phaius

Flower Size .22" [6mm]

Found in Reunion and Madagascar on shaded mossy trees and rocks at elevations of 1700 to 2400 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytes and lithophytes with numerous narrow tubers giving rise to a stem bearing 2 to 3, above the base, distant, lanceolate, acute sheaths that gradually smaller and with oblong-lanceolate, attenuate-acute apically leaves that blooms in the later summer through fall on an erect, cylindrical, to 6" [15 cm] long, very dense, numerous flowered inflorescence with linear, as long to much longer than the flower floral bracts with the flowers becoming smaller in length towards the base


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/85; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007;