!Ipsea speciosa Lindl.1831 Type for the genus Photos by Suranjan Fernando © and his Flickr Website

Another Flower Photo by Herbier Philatélique Pierre Guertin Philatelic Herbarium

Botanical Drawing Drawing By Curtis's Botanical Magazine Vol. 94 ser. 3 nr. 24 tab. 5701


Common Name The Beautiful Ipsea - The Daffodil Orchid

Flower Size 2 to 2.64" [5 to 6.6]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in the open patnas and above elevations of 900 to 1900 meters in both wet and dry zones as a warm to cool growing, medium sized terrestrial with subterranean tubers giving rise to 1 to 2, deciduous, narrowly lanceolate, plicate leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 18" [45 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

This species needs a long winter rest to bloom

Synonyms Spathoglottis speciosa (Lindl.) Pradhan 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide;