Agrostophyllum tenue J.J.Sm. 1918 SECTION Agrostophyllum Comber

Photo by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name The Weak Agrostophyllum

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Java, Sumatra and Borneo in wet open, lower montane forests at elevtions of 400 to 1000 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, erect, thin, stiff stems enveloped by imbricating leaf bearing sheaths carrying linear, narrower towards the apex, slightly and unequally bidentate apically, acute leaves that blooms in the winter on many in a terminal head each 1/2" [1.3cm] long inflorescence with 4 flowers and large sheaths

CAUTION Many sources put this species as a synonym of A javanica which has the same leaf shape and deep fold in the middle of the lip but differs in this one's scarcely lobed lip and 4 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide