!Smithsonia maculata (Dalzell) C.J.Saldanha 1974

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Full shadeWarm Spring

Common Name The Spotted Smithsonia

Flower Size .4 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm]

Found in northern Kanara India as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 3 to 5, coriaceous, oblong-oblanceolate, dark greyish green often mottled with purple leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on 1 to 2, axillary, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with broadly oblong-ovate, persistent bracts and carrying sessile, bracteate flowers

Synonyms Gastrochilus maculatus (Dalzell) Kuntze 1891; Loxoma maculatum (Dalzell) Garay 1972; Loxomorchis maculata (Dalzell) Rauschert 1982; *Micropera maculata Dalzell 1851; Saccolabium maculatum (Dalzell) Hook.f. 1890; Sarcochilus maculatus (Dalzell) Pfitzer 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids, A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as Loxoma maculata drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing good; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018;