Hylophila gracilis Schltr. 1911 Photos courtesy of Peter O'Byrne; Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Plant Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch, Photo by Peter O' Byrne Copyright © 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Type Drawing Type Drawing by © Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Graceful Jewel Orchid

Flower Size 1/10th" [2.5mm]

A terrestrial species found on low hills in moss or humus patches in dense rainforests along footpaths and in small clearings at elevations of 50 to 900 meters occuring in Papua and New Guinea as a medium to just large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial orchid with as elongate stem carrying 7 to 10, elliptic-lanceolate, petiolate, acute apically leaves where it blooms in the winter and spring in nature on a terminal, erect, 12 to 18" [30 to 45 cm] long, many [100]flowered, pubescent, racemose inflorescence with sequentially opening, resupinate flowers of which 10 to 20 flowers are open at a time. This plant has very interesting, variagated foliage that makes it one of the "Jewel Orchids".

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911/85; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005