Robiquetia odobenus P.O'Byrne & Gokusing 2017 TYPE drawing by Peter O'Byrne


Common Name The Walrus Robiquetia [refers to the column and stelida together represent the head of a walrus]

Flower Size .2 to .22" [5 to 5.5 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a descending with upturned apex, compressed, apically leafy stem carrying horizontally spreading, close set, in opposing rows, unequally oblong-elliptic, thick, very stiff, leathery, green underside base and margins often purple suffused, both surfaces marked with shallow purple pits, broadly obtuseunequally bilobed, rounded lobe leaves compressed sheaths longer than the internodes that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on several, lateral, emerging from the nodes beneath the leaves, descending, sometimes branched, peduncle 2.6 to 4" [6.5 to 10 cm] long, provided with 2 to 3 ovate bracts, rachis 2.4 to 3.4" [6 to 8.5 cm] long, densely 100 to 150 flowered inflorescence with triangular, cream suffused and spotted with pink, exterioir verrucose, margins erose, acute shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying outward facing, not opening well flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo/drawing fide;