!Adrorhizon purpurascens (Thwaites) Hook.f. 1898

Plant and Flower in situ Ceylon Photos by Suranjan Fernando and his Flickr Website

Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg

Part Shade Warm Cool LATE Summer Fall

Common Name The Purple Adrorhizon

Flower Size .5 to .8" [1.2 to 2 cm]

Found in Sri Lanka in submontane to tropical, wet, evergreen forests on trunks of trees and on rocks along streams at elevations of 500 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with narrowly cylindrical non-pseduobulbpus stems carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, rigid, linear-oblong to lanceolate, recurved margins, purple tinted leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a slender, peduncle with 3 sterile sheathing bracts, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with broadly triangular-ovate, annular, sheathing the rachis, acute, single veined floral bracts.

SynonymsCoelogyne purpurascens (Thwaites) Hook.f. 1890; *Dendrobium purpurascens Thwaites 1861; Pleione purpurascens (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1892 as Coelogyne purpurescens drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 drawing ok; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 drawing/photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;