Rhomboda polygonoides (F.Muell.) Ormerod 1995

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Many Angled Rhomboda - In Australia The Velvet Jewel Orchid

Flower Size .2 to .24" [.5 to .6 cm]

Found in New Guinea, the Moluccas, the Bismark Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Queensland Australia in rainforests often on large boulders near streams at elevations of 100 to 800 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with 5 to 9, scattered along the stem, narrowly ovate, purplish green to bronzed with a broad central white line, velvety leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Epipactis polygonoides (F.Muell.) A.A.Eaton 1908; *Goodyera polygonoides F.Muel. 1872; Hetaeria falcatula J.J.Sm. 1908; Hetaeria polygonoides (F.Muell.) Dockrill 1966; Hetaeria torricellensis (Schltr.) J.J.Sm. 1913; Orchiodes polygonoides (F.Muell.) Kuntze 1891; Zeuxine falcatula (J.J.Sm.) Schltr. 1911; Zeuxine polygonoides (F.Muell.) P.J.Cribb 1989; Zeuxine torricellensis Schltr. 1905;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidacaea of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as Zeuxine torricellensis drawing good; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Hetaeria polygonoides drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing good; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo fide;