Sarcochilus hillii F. Muell. 1861 SECTION Sarcochilus Photo by Colin and Misha Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid webpage

Inflorescence Photo by John Varigos and His Orchid webpage

Flower Closeup Photo by Greg and Kerri Steenbeeke


Common Name Hill's Sarcochilus [Australian Botanic Gardens Director 1800's] - Myrtle Bells

Flower Size less than 1/2" [.06 to 1.1 cm]

This is a freeflowering, miniature, hot to cool growing epiphytic species with a short stem carrying 2 to 10 linear, channeled, fleshy, spotted leaves that blooms in the spring on a very slender, 3" to 5" [6 to 12] long, fractiflex, racemose, inflorescence that is generally shorter than the leaves, with a few [2 to 10], very fragrant flowers, and is found in Australia and New Caledonia in gullies on small trees and often on fine twigs, rarely on branches and trunks in rain forest areas at elevations up to 800 meters. They appreciate an even, fertilizing and watering schedule as flowering and growth continue year round with cold to warm temperatures and moderate light and mounting to a small twig seems to work best..

Synonyms Dendrobium hillii F. Mueller not Hooker 1899; Sarcochilus minutiflos F.M. Bailey 1909-13; Thrixspermum hillii Rchb.f 1871

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 as S minutiflos photo fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 2 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as S minutiflos photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 1 2007 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 1 2007 photo as S minutiflos