Renanthera bella J.J. Wood 1981

Side View of Flower

Photo by Timothy Cholcto


Common Name The Beautiful Renanthera

Flower Size 2.6" [6 cm]

Found as a large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte in Sabah Borneo at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters arising from low down on the trunks of montane forest trees with a long, simple, woody stem enveloped completely by imbricate, persistent leaf sheaths below and leaf-bearing sheaths above and carrying alternate, conduplicate, oblong-ligulate, coriaceous, unequally bilobed apically leaves and blooms on an almost horizontal, dense, many [13 to 16] flowered, occasionally 1 to 2, branched, 18" [45 cm] long inflorescence with small greyish brown, ovate, obtuse sterile bracts below and ovate, obtuse floral bracts above.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 1 1982 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photos fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 1 2008 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 drawing/photo good;