Sarcanthopsis warocqueana (Rolfe) Garay 1972

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Common Name Waroque's Sarcanthopsis [Belgian Ambassador to China and Orchid Enthsiast late 1800's] - In Australia The Goliath Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/4" [2.7 cm]

Found in New Guinea and Moa Island Queensland in lowland forests at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters as a giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a stout, elongate stem carrying several, horizontal, very fleshy, rigid, oblong-strap-shaped, rounded and slightly obliquely bilobulate apically, grooved above along midrib, slightly prominent below, somewhat shiny leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a stout, erect, rigid, branching to 3, 9.6 to 12.8" [24 to 32 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence and carrying vanilla scented flowers.

Synonyms *Stauropsis warocqueana Rolfe 1891; Vandopsis warocqueana (Rolfe) Schltr. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985 as Vandopsis warocqueana drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Native Australian Orchids Jones 2006 Photo fide; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008; Malesian Orchid Joirnal Vol 2 2008;