Rhynchostylis rieferii Higgins 2013 Photo by Robert Riefer

Flower Closeup?

Photo by Joji Castaneda-Lapuz

FragrancePartial Sun Hot Summer

Common Name or Meaning Riefer's Rhynchostylis [American Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found only in the Philippines as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with glabrous, coriaceous sessile, coriaceous, distichous, linear, conduplicate, sun-oblique, retuse, apiculate leaves that blooms in the summer on an axillary, pendulous, to 14.4" [36 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers with a minutely 3 lobed lip with spreading side lobes and a straight truncate spur .

Distinguished from other Rhynchostylis by the "sub-oblique leaf tips with the central vein extending into a small sharp, acute point and smaller flowers. The labellum is narrow witha small sharp upturned and hook-like apicule at the apex and the mentum or spur has a distinct shape". Quote by Wesley Higgins Selbyana 31[1] 40-43 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 31[1] 40-43 2013 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 as R praemorsa photo fide