Acanthophippium bicolor Lindl. 1835 Photo by Sarat Misra

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


Common Name The Two Colored Acanthpphippium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in tropical wet semi-evergreen forets at elevations of 600 to 900 meters as a small sized, 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 later spring on an erect, peduncle to 1.2" [3 cm]long, to 3" [7.5 cm] long overall, enveloped by 6, imbricating, scaly bracts, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with prominent, cymbiform, striate, pale purple, 9 to 11 veined floral bracts bracts and carrying cup-shaped, waxy, candy scented flowers.


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; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing/photo fide;