Robiquetia gracilistipes (Schltr.) J.J. Sm. 1912 Photos © by Peter O' Byrne, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, and André Schuiteman and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website


Common Name The Graceful Stipe Robiquetia - In Australia The Large Pouched Orchid

Flower Size 1/2" [11 mm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea, Queensland Australia and Irian Jaya as a medium to giant sized, warm growing, monopodial epiphyte at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters just below the mist forests in high light on small branches or twigs with a pendulous, thick stem with an upturned apex carrying numerous, thick, leathery, green to yellowish green, unequally bilbobed apically leaves that blooms in the late summer through winter on a lateral, pendulous, many [20 to 40] flowered, pubescent, racemose inflorescence that has thick, fleshy, pubescent, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Robiquetia squamulosa (J.J.Sm.) J.J.Sm. 1912; Robiquetia tierneyana (Rupp) Dockr. 1967; *Saccolabium gracilistipes Schltr. 1905; Saccolabium squamulosum J.J.Sm. 1908; Saccolabium tierneyanum Rupp 1942

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 as Saccolabium tierneyanum; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as R tierneyana drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo ok; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as R squamulosa photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 as R tierneyana photo good; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 as R squamulosaphoto fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008