Spathoglottis kenejiae Schltr. 1912

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot LATE Fall EARLY Winter

Common Name The Kenijia River Spathoglottis

Flower Size 1.04" [2.6 cm]

Found in New Guinea in damp grassy depressions in the plains of rivers at elevations around 150 meters as a large sized, hot growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to small pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, erect to suberect, elliptic-lanceolate, long acuminate, glabrous, narrowing below into the sulcate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a strict to substrict, 26 to 30" [65 to 75 cm] long, terete, glabrous below becoming somewhat tomentose towards the apex, densely many flowered inflorescence with patent, broadly oval, obtuse, tomentose, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are pale rose red, with pale brownish lateral lobes of the lip which has a yellow center and a rose red mid lobe.


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;