Robiquetia spathulata (Blume) J.J. Sm. 1912

Photo by Eric Hunt


Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Part sunWarm to Hot Fall and Winter

Common Name The Sheath-Covered Spathe Robiquetia - In China Da Ye Ji Shu Fan

Flower Size 1/4" [6 to 7 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Bangladesh, Assam, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Hainan province of China, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Moluccas, Sumatra, Sulawesi and the Philippines in evergreen lowland riverine forests and primary montane forests at elevations of 400 to 800 [to 1600]? meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a hanging stem carrying obovate-oblong, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the summer on a pendent, 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with narrow, reflexed floral bracts that is up to 6" [15 cm] long, producing a dense elongating head of 1/3" blooms occuring in the fall and winter.

Synonyms Aerides densiflorum (Lindl.) Wall. ex Hook.f. 1890; Cleisostoma robustum Guillaumin 1930; *Cleisostoma spatulatum Blume 1825; Cleisostoma spicatum Lindl. 1847; Gastrochilus densiflorus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pomatocalpa densiflorum (Lindl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Saccolabium acutilabrum Gagnep. 1932; Saccolabium borneense Rchb.f 1881; Saccolabium densiflorum Lindl. 1833; Sarcanthus castaneus Ridl. 1896; Sarcanthus densiflorus (Lindl.) C.S.P.Parish & Rchb.f. 1874

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Saccolabium densiflorum; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Cleisostoma spicatum drawing ok; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as Clesisostoma spicatum; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Cleisostoma spathulata; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 4 1958 as Cleisostoma spicatum Drawing ok; The Orchids of Thailand Seiddenfaden & Smitinand 1963 drawing/ photo fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 # 5 1980 drawing fide; Opera Botanica #95 1988 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing ok; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 2 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo not=?; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 Wood 2010; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo fide; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Thailand 2 Vadhanaphuti 2014 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #2 2020 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;