Schoenorchis micrantha Reinw. 1823


Photos by Dr. E.F. de Vogel, courtesy of André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website


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

Common Name The Small Flowered Schoenorchis - In Australia The Tangled Flea Orchid

Flower Size 1/8" [1.5 mm]

found in Thailand, Vietnam, penninsular Malaysia, Java, Borneo, Papua and New Guinea, the Philippines, Queensland Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji in riverine hill and lower montane forests at elevations around 50 to 1500 meters on branches of trees as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with terete leaves with densely branched stems carrying two ranked, terete, fleshy, several, arched, acute leaves and blooms in the winter and again in the late spring and summer on a lateral, sharply descending, 3/8" to 1 1/4" [1 to 3 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that has many [30] small fragrant, tubular shaped flowers.

Best mounted an anything other than treefern, given moderate shade with no direct sunlight, high humidity and ample air circulation.

Synonyms Gastrochilus chionanthus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Gastrochilus perpusillus (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Saccolabium chionanthum Lindl. 1859; Saccolabium perpusillum Hook. f. 1890; Saccolabium plebejum J.J.Sm. 1912; Schoenorchis densiflora Schltr. 1913; Schoenorchis densiflora var. abbreviata Schltr. 1913; Schoenorchis plebeja (J.J.Sm.) J.J.Sm. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Saccolabium perpussilum drawing ok; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Saccolabium chionanthum; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985 as Schoenorchis densiflora; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfeaden & Smitinand 1963 drawing/photo ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 7 1985 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988 as S densiflora; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing fide/photo ok; The Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 as S aff micrantha; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo ok; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo hmm; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014