Collabium simplex Rchb.f. 1881


Photo courtesy of Donald Tan

Part Shade Warm To Cool Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Modest Collabium

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Java, Borneo and Sumatra in hill and lower montane forests at elevations of 500 to 1900 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a creeping rhizome giving rise to 1 to 3 somewhat quadrangular and apically narrowed pseudobulbs carrying a single, elliptic-oblong, shortly acuminate, purple in youth and then light sea-green with darker green blotches, marginally undulate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves and then a cylindrical pseudobulb that carries a basal, 10 to 22" [25 to 55 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with the flowers held at the apex and having, long-triangular floral bracts occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Chrysoglossum simplex (Rchb.f.) J.J.Sm. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Chrysoglossum simplex; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as Chrysoglossum simplex drawing fide; Flora Of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum as Chrysoglossum simplex; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 as Chrysoglossum simplex; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Monographs Vol 8 Revisions of Orchid Genera Van der Burgh & De Vogel 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 as Chrysoglossum simplex photo not = Chrysoglossum ornatum; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photos fide; 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; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide