Hetaeria whitmeei Rchb.f. 1877 Photo by Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile


Plant Collection sheet Photos by Jany Renz and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot Warm

Common Name Whitmee's Hetaeria [English Reverend in Samoa 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in New Caledonia, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga in lowland and montane forests at elevations of 200 to 650 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms on a glabrous, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence .

Synonyms Adenostylis stricta Rolfe 1909; Hetaeria francisii Schltr. 1911; Hetaeria polyphylla Rchb.f. 1878; Zeuxine betchei Schltr. 1910; Zeuxine francii Schltr. 1911; Zeuxine sphaerocheila H.Fleischm. & Rech. 1910; Zeuxine stricta (Rolfe) L.O.Williams 1938; Zeuxine triandra M.Hotta 1963

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 as Zeuxine francii ; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 as Zeuxine franchii photo fide; Orchids of Samoa Whistler & Cribb 1996 photo fide