!Rhinerrhiza divitiflora (F. Muell. ex Benth.) Rupp 1951 Photo by John Varigos and His Orchid webpage


Common Name The Rich-Blooming Rhinerrhiza - In Australia The Raspy Root Orchid

Flower Size 2 1/2" [4 to 10 cm]

This species flowers on an axillary, pendant, to 15" [6 to 45 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that has several to many [to 60], simultaneously opening, short lived flowers and occurs in the winter and spring and is found in New South Wales and southern Queensland in dry stream gullies as a small sized, cool to hot growing epiphyte at elevations of sealevel to 1200 meters. This species needs a tree fern mount in cool to warm temperatures with moderst shade and year round water with a lessening in the winter. The monopodial orchid is characterized by having dark rough, papillose roots, a flat short stem that is sheathed by old leaf bases and carries oblong, rigid, ccoriaceous, leaves with slightly undulate margins.

Synonyms Rhinerrhiza freemanii (Rchb.f.) Garay 1972; *Sarcochilus divitiflorus FvM ex Benth 1873; Sarcochilus freemanii Rchb.f. 1877; Thrixspermum divitiflorum (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Rchb.f. 1877; Thrixspermum freemanii (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Die Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as R freemanii