Luisia cordatilabia Ames & Quisumb. 1934 Photo cortesy of Joji Castaneda-Lapuz


Common Name The Heart-Shaped Lip Luisia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found only in Luzon, the Philippines at elevations around 1200 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing monopodial epiphyte with unbranched stems carrying dark green, fleshy, terete, basally clasping leaves and blooms in the spring on an, opposite the leaves, short to .8" [2 cm] long, few to many [to 10] flowered inflorescence arising from the axils of the leaves with rigid, concave, triangular bracts and has fleshy, odorless flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 drawing/photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;