Phaius tetragonus (Thouars) Rchb.f. 1855

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Part shadeWarmCoolSummer

Common Name The Rectangular Phaius [refers to the pseduobulb]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Reunion as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a fan of linear, acute leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, several to many flowered inflorescence with flowers that never quite open.

Synonyms Broughtonia tetragona (Thouars) Spreng. 1826; *Epidendrum tetragonum Thouars 1822; Limodorum tetragonum (Thouars) A.Rich. 1828; Pesomeria tetragona (Thouars) Lindl. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Epidednrum tetragonum drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984;