Luisia curtisii Seidenf. 1997

Plant and Flower

Photos by L.Y. Th. Westra and the Preliminary checklist of the Orchidaceae of Laos Website


Plant and Flower?

Photos by Mr Back Packer

Another Flower

Another Flower

Photos by Art Vogel

Common Name Curtis' Luisia [English Orchid Collector in Indonesia 1800's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm] on trees in moist lowland forests as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a non-branching, reclining to pendant stem carrying many, terete, obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on a 1/2 to 1" [1.25 cm to 2.5 cm] long few [to 6] flowered inflorescence with ovate, obtuse floral bracts and carrying the flowers arranged in a spiral with only 1 to 2 open at any one time.

CAUTION There seem to be two forms that carry this name commonly and the references are split on which is correct. The first 2 photos are good for Seidenfaden and Comber, the second two photos are good for Chan/Wood and Vadhanaphutti, so use with caution. The fifth and sixth photos are what I had as L antennifera, but not. I need to see the type to be sure which or if all or none are correct.

Synonyms Luisia tristis Hkr.f 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Botanisk Tidsskrift bd 68 hft 1 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand V Seidedenfaden 1973 drawing fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide to the first photo; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo good; Orchids of Borneo Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood Vol 1 1994 drawing/photo not; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo good to the third photo; A To Z of SE Asian Orchids O'Byrne 2001 photo fide to the third photo; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo good to the first; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide to the third photo; Wild Orchids of The Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide to the 5th photoThe Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide to the third photo; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide to the 4th photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase and Rasmussen 2014 drawing fide to the third photo