Acanthophippium sylhetense Lindl. 1833

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Danny Lentz and plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

FragrancePart shadeHotCoolSpring SummerFall

Common Name The Sylhet Acanthophippium [A town in Bangladesh] - In Japan - Enrei-shoki-ran - In Chian Tan Hua Lan

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found from Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Sikkim, lower India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan in tropical valleys in moist shady locations in dense forests or in wooded ravines at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing deciduous leafed terrestrial that needs indirect light with ovoid to terete to narrowly conical psuedobulbs enveloped basally by leaf sheaths and carrying three, plicate, tapering to each end leaf with a long petiole and blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a basal, short to 3.6" [to 9 cm] long, 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising with a new growth with 1 to 3 fragrant, fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Acanthophippium curtisii var. albidum L.Linden 1898; Acanthephippium ringiflorum Griff. 1851; Acanthephippium yamamotoi Hayata 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1961; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections drawing good; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 4 1973 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 as A pictum; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 10 1986 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 10 1986 as A yamamotoiphoto fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfadden & Wood 1992 darwing ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 2 1997; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Oasis Vol 1 No 2 2000; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;