!Renantherella histrionica [Rchb.f] Ridl. 1896

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Front View Of Flower

Photos by Timothy Cholcto

Flower Closeup

Photo by Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page


Common Name The Enchanting Renanthera

Flower Size about 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Malaysia, Borneo and Thailand from lowland forests and mangroves at altitudes of sealevel to 300 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing, suberect to pendant epiphyte with elongate, leafy somewhat fractiflex, branching stem carrying many, fleshy, linear, acuminate, channeled leaves that blooms in the fall on a horizontal, 4" [10 cm] long, few to several [3 to 10] flowered, fractiflex inflorescence with triangular floral bracts and inverted flowers that open in succession as the rachis elongates.

Synonyms *Renanthera histrionica Rchb.f 1878;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as Renanthera histronica drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1963 as Renanthera histronica drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 5 1984 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988 drawing/photo fide; Opera Botanica # 95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 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; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide as Renantherella histrionica [Rchb.f] Ridl. 1896 subsp auyongii; 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; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 as Renanthera histrionica photo fide