!Robiquetia ascendens Gaudich. 1829

Inflorescence Photos by Andre Schuiteman and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part sun Hot Warm Winter

Common Name The Climbing Robiquetia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

Found in the Moluccas in lowland and lower motane forests at elevations of 26 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial epiphyte of the hill forests on twigs and tree branches in high light with stems carrying several, oblong, coriaceous, margins recurved leaves that are mottled purple beneath that blooms in the winter on a 8" [20 cm] long, pendulous inflorescence that has many [20 to 70], fleshy, long-lasting flowers, which open from the bottom up, all clustered towards the apex.

Synonyms Gastrochilus ascendens [Gaudich] Kuntze 1891; Saccolabium ascendens [Gaudich.] Lindl. 1833;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 ; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008; Genera Orchidacearum Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen Vol 6 Part 3 2014;