Phaius pauciflorus (Blume) Blume 1856

Photo by James Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation a the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Few Flowered Phaius

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Java and Sumatra in deep hill and lower montane forest near rivers at elevations around 500 to 1900 meters in the Cameron Highlands as a large to giant sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with close set, basally thickened, terete stems carrying about five to 6, plicate, oblong, acuminate leaves and blooms on a basal, to 10" [25 cm] long, several to many [8 to 15] successively flowered inflorescence with persistent bracts.

The flower in the photo is old and as such the lip has begun to fold up. Normally it is quite open and broad.

Synonyms Limatodis pallida (Ridl.) Ridl. 1924; *Limatodis pauciflora Blume 1825; Limatodis punctata Lindl. 1885; Phaius pallidus Ridl. 1896; Phaius pauciflorus subsp. sabahensis J.J.Wood & A.L.Lamb 1993; Phaius pauciflorus var. pallidus (Ridl.) Holttum 1947; Phaius pauciflorus var. punctatus (Lindl.) J.J.Sm. 1920; Phaius pauciflorus var. sumatranus J.J.Sm. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Limatodes pauciflora; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Gard. Bull. Singapore 11:286 Holttum 1947; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 1 1980 photo not!; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 as P pauciflorus subs sabahensis drawing ok; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001 as P aff pauciflorus; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 as P pauciflorus var pallidus photo fide; The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman Lamb & Lun 2011 drawing/photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 17 2016 photo fide;