Renanthera imschootiana Rolfe 1891

Flower Closeup

Photos by Eric Hunt


Common Name Imschoot's Renanthera [Belgian Orchid Enthusiast 1800's] - In China Yun Nan Huo Yan Lan

Flower Size 2 1/4" [6 cm]

Found in Assam, Myanmar, southern China, Laos and Vietnam on tree trunks and along gorge edges in evergreen, lowland forests at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a long, liana-like, branched stem becoming woody with age and carrying many, linear, leathery, truncately rounded, bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, axillary, branched or racemose, loosely many flowered inflorescence with semiorbicular floral bracts and longlasting, slightly fruity scented flowers.

Synonyms Renanthera papilio King & Prain 1895

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