Luisia birchea Blume 1849

Another Angle

Photos by P.S. Sivaprasad and the Flowers of India Website


Drawing by J Joseph

Full shade Cool LATERSpring Summer

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Found in southwestern India at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with terete, sheathed stems carrying alternate toweards teh apex, becoming on one sode towards the base, terete, linear, blunt leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on an axillary, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!!!!! Kew has this one as a synonym of L tenuifolia but it differs in having erect basal lobes and a shallow split apex of the lip. This is a separate species regardless of the taxonomic situation, More research needs to be done here!


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; Orcids of Bhutan {Pearce & Cribb 2002;