Sarcophyton crassifolium (Lindl. & Paxton) Garay 1972 drawing by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundations at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Often shown as S crassifolium found in Burma and Thailand not = ? Stereochilus laxus Photo by A Mueller and The Swiss Orchid Foundations at the Jany Renz Herbaria


Common Name The Thick Leaved Sarcophyton

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the Philippines as a miniature epiphyte with fleshy, grooved, curved, stiff, leathery leaves that blooms in the spring on a short, axillary, paniculate, densely many flowered inflorescence with drooping branches.

There is a lot of confusion with this species and its provenence. This species correctly occurs in the Philippines and has a short column with a short rostellum and a wide frilled lip. Many sources show Stereochilus laxus as this species which has a long protruding column with a very long rostellum at the column apex and has a fleshy, less wide lip.

Synonyms Acampe crassifolia (Lindl. & Paxton) Szlach. 2003; Cleisostoma crassifolium Lindl. & Paxton 1852-3; Sarcanthus crassifolius (Lindl. & Paxton) J.J.Sm. 1912;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as Cleisostoma crassifolium; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cleisostoma crassifolium drawing hmm = Stereochilus laxus; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing not = Stereochilus laxus; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Xenikophyton smeeanum drawing fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003;