Spathoglottis bulbosa Schltr. 1912

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Peter O'Byrne and Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot Fall

Common Name The Bulbed Spathoglottis

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in New Guinea in humus in forests at elevations around 450 meters as a giant sized, hot growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to large to 3.2" [8 cm] tall pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, erect-patent, elliptic, acuminate, narrowing below into the long, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a strict to substrict, glabrous, 40" [100 cm] long overall, rachis mostly glabrous, short, densely many flowered inflorescence with deflexed, oval, shortly acuminate, glabrous, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are dark violet pink with a yellow callus on the lip with the lateral lobes brownish red and the front lobe dark red.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984;