Robiquetia cerina (Rchb. f.) Garay 1972

Flower Closeup

Double Inflorescence

Photo by Eric Hunt

Yellow Flower Form

Photo by Takato NATSU and his Japan Orchid Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Dennis Laperriere


Common Name The Waxy Flowered Robiquettia

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea and the Philippines as an epiphyte at elevations over 350 meters occuring on tree trunks as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with rather broad, strongly compressed, ancipitous stems carrying several, leathery, 2 ranked, at right angles to the stem, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall, winter, spring and summer on a racemose, conical, pendulous, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence that has a third of the flowers open at any one time.

Synonyms *Malleola merrillii Ames 1915 ; Robiquetia merrillii (Ames) Ames 1922; *Saccolabium cerinum Rchb. f. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as R merrillii; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 # 11 1994; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide;