Brachypeza unguiculata (Lindl.) Kocyan & Schuit. 2014

Another Angle


Plant and Flowers

Photos by Milan Vágner

Common Name The Clawed Brachypeza

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in the Andaman Islands, Malaysia, Java, Borneo, Sumatra, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, Sulawesi and the Philippines as a small sized, hot to warm growing, semi-pendulous epiphyte with a rarely branching, monopodial stem carrying leathery, linear to narrowly oblong, unequally bilobed apically, obtuse lobed leaves that blooms on an axillary, pendulous, to 12" [30 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with up to 8, sweetly scented, short lived flowers open at any one time

Similar to and often made a synonym of B pallidum but it differs in it's smaller flowers and different coloration of the lip.

Synonyms Aerides diurna Teijsm. & Binn. 1864; Phalaenopsis fugax Kraenzl. 1893; Phalaenopsis ruckeri W.Bull 1864; Phalaenopsis ruckeriana B.S.Williams 1887; Pteroceras phalaenopsis (Schltr.) Garay 1972; Pteroceras unguiculatum (Lindl.) H.A.Pedersen 1992; Sarcochilus aureus Hook.f. 1890; Sarcochilus phalaenopsis Schltr. 1911; *Sarcochilus unguiculatus Lindl. 1840; Thrixspermum aureum (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Thrixspermum unguiculatum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Sarcochilus aureus drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Sarcochilus unguiculatus photo ok; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Sarcochilus unguiculatus drawing good; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as Sarcochilus unguiculatus drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as syn of P pallidum; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Cribb & Wood 1994; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo ok; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Pteroceras unguiculatum; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 2010; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as P teres photo fide;