Robiquetia micramphora Cabactulan, Cootes, R.B.Pimentel & M.Leon 2018 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

TYPE Photo by Miguel David De Leon and the The Phytoimages Website

Part shade Warm EARLIER Winter

Common Name The Small Bottle Carrying Robiquetia [refers to the shape of the whole labellum including the spur which resembles a small jar or bottle]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in the Philippines on Mindanao Island in shady, mossy cloud forests at elevations around 900 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with flattened towards the apex stems carrying leathery, linear-lanceolate, unequally bilobed apically, blunt, occasionally minutely denticulate, margins flattened to undulate, sparsely stellate becoming glabrescent with age, midvien adaxially depressed, abaxailly raised, sessile base leaves that blooms in the earlier winter on an axillary, branching, pendulous, peduncle basally terete, grooved towards the flowers, 1.6 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long, provided with 3 ovate, persistent, compressed to the rachis, to 12" [30 cm] long overall, to 150 flowered inflorescence with erect, persistent, acute-acuminate floral bracts and carrying small flowers with sparsely stellate hairs on the outer surface.

"Robiquetia micramphora is most similar to Rob. compressa (Lindley) Schlechter, but they can be separated by characters of the spur, which in Rob. micramphora is almost straight and shorter .24" [6 mm] long; the spur of Rob. compressa is longer .4" [1 cm] long and curves forward. The side lobes of Rob. micramphora are equilaterally triangular .028 high x .029" wide [.7 mm high by .7 mm wide] with a rounded apex, whereas the side lobes of Rob. compressa are also triangular, they are much more prominent, and considerably larger .44" long by .44" wide [1.1 mm long by 1.1 mm wide]." Cabactulan, M.D. De Leon, Cootes, and Pimentel 2019


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 6(2): 18 Cabactulan, M.Leon, Cootes & R.B.Pimentel 2018 photo fide;