Renanthera matutina [Blume]Lindley 1833

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Common Name The Early Blooming Renenathera

Flower Size to 2 1/4" [to 6 cm]

A large sized, hot growing vine-like epiphytic native of Thailand, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Malaysia in lowland and mixed montane forests at elevations of 100 to 600 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing pendulous epiphyte on tree branches in light to moderate shade with a long stem carrying many, distant, oblong or lorate, fleshy, unequally bilobed apically, conduplicate below into the clasping base, stiff leaves that flowers in the fall on an axillary, 2 3/4' to 3' [50 to 90 cm] long, paniculate, many flowered inflorescence with ovate, reflexed floral bracts.

Synonyms Aerides angustifolium Hooker 1833; *Aerides matutinum Bl. 1805; Ceraia saaronica (J.König) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002?; Epidendrum matutinum Poir. 1810; Epidendrum saaronicum J.König 1791; Nephranthera matutina Hassk. 1842; Renanthera amabilis Boxall ex Náves 1880; Renanthera angustifolia Hkr.f 1890;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Renanthera angustifolia drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1963 drawing not = R isopetala; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Quisumbing 1981 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 5 1984 photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as Renanthera angustifolia; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 2 1997 photo fide; Orchids Australia Vol 12 No 6 2000 photo; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as Ren. angustifolium photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Wood & Beaman 2001 as R angustifolia; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 as R angustifolia photo fide; The Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 as R angustifolia errata for Vol 1; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as R angustifolia photo fide