Spathoglottis papuana F.M. Bailey 1883 Photo courtesy Dr. E.F. de Vogel André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website


Common Name The Papua Spathoglottis

Flower Size 1" to 1 3/8" [2.5 to 3.5 cm]

A hot to warm growing terrestrial species of grasslands and disturbed areas with shade from sealevel to 750 meters in elevation where the leaves and flowers protrude above the grass into full sun found in Papua and New Guinea where they can take full sun year round and require regular waterings and fertilizer year round. It has ovoid 3" psuedobulbs carrying numerous apical, linear-lanceolate, pointed, plicate, membraneous, petiolate base leaves up to 3' [90 cm] long. The stiff, erect, basal, 2' 4" [70 cm] long, terminal inflorescence has a head of successive [2 to 8 at a time], nonfragrant flowers [40] that can bloom several times in a year but most often through the spring and summer.

Synonyms Spathoglottis papuana var. puberiflora R.S.Rogers & C.T.White 1920;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1985 as S papuana var puberula; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 4 2007 photo; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008;

Spathoglottis papuana var. puberiflora R.S.Rogers & C.T.White 1920

A hairy lipped variety of the previous species.