Spathoglottis umbraticola Garay 1999

Photo by Jo Levy and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Common Name The Shade-Loving Spathoglottis

Flower Size 1.76" [4.4 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea on steep limestone cliffs as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with minute pseudobulbs carrying 3, plicate, in nature dark purple on both sizes, in cultivation green, linear-lanceolate to narrowly ellipitc-lanceolate, acuminate, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on an elongate, tomentose, provided with 2 bracts, to 8" [20 cm] long, apically subcorymbose, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, tomentose floral bracts.

Similar to Spathoglottis parviflora but differs in larger flowers and leaves as well as the structure of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Harvard Papers in Botany Vol4 #1 Orchid Species Currently in Cultivation Garay 1999 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001