Smitinandia helferi (Hook.f.) Garay 1972

Flower Closeup

Side View Of Flower

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Part sun Hot Warm Summer

Common Name Helfer's Smitinandia [Czech Orchid Collector and Botanist in Asia 1800's]

Flower Size 1/16" [.2 cm]

Found in the Andaman Island, Myanmar, penninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying a few loriform, contracted and notched apically, close set leaves that blooms in the summer on a 3" [7.5 cm] long, descending, many flowered, racemose inflorescence with many successively opening flowers.

Synonyms Gastrochilus helferi (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Saccolabium helferi Hook. f. 1890; Saccolabium humile Ridl. 1911; Smitinandia humilis (Ridl.) Holttum 1969

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Saccolabium helferi drawing fide; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Saccolabium helferi; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1963 as Saccolabium humile drawing fide; Gard. Bull. Singapore 25:106 Holttum 1969 as S humilis; Botanisk Tidsskrift bd 68 hft 1 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand V Seidedenfaden 1973; Opera Botanica # 95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 drawing/photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- P>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------