Spathoglottis carolinensis Schltr. 1914

Comparison photo w/ S plicata on the left and S carolinensis on the right

Photos by Agnes Rinehart

Part sunHot

Common Name The Caroline Islands Spathoglottis

Flower Size

Found in the Caroline and Marianas islands in sunny fields among grassses at elevations below 100 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with ovoid 3" [7.5 cm] psuedobulbs with numerous apical, stalked, linear-lanceolate, pointed, plicate, membraneous, and up to 3' [90 cm] long. The stiff, erect, up to 2 1/2' [75 cm] long, terminal inflorescence has a head of 5 to 25, successive opening, nonfragrant flowers.

Separated from S plicata by the larger, more erect flowers, the shape of the lip, posture of the plant and the paucity of seed capsules easily differentiate this species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ferns and Orchids of the Mariana Islands Raulerson & Rinehart 1992 photos fide;