Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii F. Muell. 1869 SECTION Sarcochilus Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name Fitzgerald's Sarcochilus [Australian Botanist 1830-1892] - In Australia The Ravine Orchid

Flower Size to 1 1/2" [2.5 to 3.5 cm]

Found in Queensland and New South Wales Australia as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing lithophytic species found near the coast in deep river valleys that are humid and wet at elevations of 500 to 800 meters with long, somewhat branched stems subtended by old leaf bases and carrying a tuft of 4 to 8, apical, thin-textured, drooping, narrowly oblong-ligulate to ligulate, acute, deep green leaves that blooms on a slender, arching to pendant, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm]long, several [4 to 15] flowered inflorescence with successive opening, fragrant flowers occuring in spring. This plant grows best in shallow pots, with a rapid draining medium of pinebark, rock, and treefern chunks in cold to warm temperatures, moserate shade and year round moisture. Protect from exessive summer heat as the plant reacts badly to hot stagnant conditions.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 2 1998 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 2 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 4 2000 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #3 2018 photo fide;