Rhomboda alticola [Schlechter] Omerod 1995

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website


Common Name The High Elevation Rhomboda

Flower Size .8 to .9" [2 to 2.3 cm]

Found in New Guinea inmontane forests at elevations of 2000 to 2650 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a decumbent, stem-like rhizome giving rise to a terete, glabrous stem carryiong 3 to 5, erect, patent to suberect, obliquely elliptic, acuminate, basally rounded, glabrous, petilate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on erect, 6.8" [to 17 cm] long, laxly many flowered, elongated, cylindrical inflorescence witha few distant bracts and ovate, lanceolate, acuminate, usually a little shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Rhomboda alticola var finisterrae Omerod 1995; Zeuxine alticola Schlechter 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidacaea of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as Zeuxine alticola drawing good; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008