Luisia antennifera Blume 1849 Drawing by Rchb.f

Part shade Hot Cool

Common Name The Antenna Carrying Luisia

Flower Size .08 x .04" [2 x 1 mm]

Found in Thailand, Malayasia, Vietnam, Java, Sumatra and Borneo at elevations of 250 to 1100 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a terete, rigid, dark green, more or less violet flushed stem carrying several, terete, shallowly furrowed, dark green, violet flushed leaves that blooms on a short, adpressed to the stem, several to many flowered inflorescence with spreading, shortly trilobed, obtuse, concave floral bracts.

CAUTION This species in general is a conundrum, but this photo is as close to Seidendaden's drawing of 1988, so I have gone with it.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 Drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo not; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide