!Sarcochilus falcatus R Brown 1810 SECTION Sarcochilus

Photo by David Banks from Australia

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Gerry Sinclair

Common Name The Sickle-Shaped Sarcochilus - In Australia The Orange Blossom Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/4" [2 to 3.5 cm]

A miniature sized, vandanaceous, cool to hot growing species endemic to Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria Australia at elevations of 100 to 1400 meters on exposed slopes and ridges, that can be epiphytic or lithophytic in growth habit and is found in moist well shaded gullies on small bushes or on trees in humid wet forests. It has semi-pendulous stems carrying 3 to 8, oblong-falcate, fleshy, olive green, usually curved, finely toothed margins leaves and blooms on an axillary, pendant, to 8 3/4" [22 cm] long, racemose, several flowered inflorescence with successive opening, very fragrant [orange blossoms] flowers occuring in winter and spring and should be kept moist year round.

Synonyms Sarcochilus montanus Fitzg. 1879; Thrixspermum falcatum Rchb.f 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865 as Thrixspermum falcatum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 6 1960 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #8 2017 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #3 2018 photo fide;