Acanthephippium bicolor Lindl. 1835 Photo by Dowery Orchids

Original Drawing

Inflorescence Drawing by Edwards's botanical register vol. 20 plate 1730 and Botanicus Website

Common Name The Two Colored Acanthephippium

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forets at elevations up to 650 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with clustered, large, smooth, ovate, deeply sulcate with age pseduobulbs often flushed with purple and tapering above into a thin stem carrying 2 apical, folded, elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, eventually deciduous, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a short, erect. to 1.2" [3 cm] long, enveloped by 6, imbricating, scaly bracts, to 6 flowered inflorescence with prominent, cymbiform, striate, pale purple, 9 to 11 veined floral bracts bracts and carrying cup-shaped, waxy, candy scented flowers.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Acanthophippium bicolor; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 #2 1997; Orchid Monographs Vol 8 S A Thomas 1997 drawing fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide/photo hmm; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #3 2010 photo fide;