Schoenorchis smeeana (Rchb.f.) Jalal, Jayanthi & Schuit. 2014

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by P.S. Sivaprasad and The Flowers of India Website

Blue Flower type

Blue Flower type Plant in situ India Photos by tsp Kumar and The Eflora of India Website

Part shade Summer Warm Cool EARLY Fall

Common Name Smee's Schoenorchis [1800's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southwestern India in the upper Ghats at elevations of 900 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool epiphyte with a short, unbranched stem enveloped by imbricate leaf sheaths carrying several, coriaceous, oblong, equally to unequally and obtusely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on an axillary, erect, branched, [7 to 14 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Rhynchostylis latifolia C.E.C.Fisch. 1927; *Saccolabium smeeanum Rchb.f. 1887; Schoenorchis latifolia (C.E.C.Fisch.) C.J.Saldanha 1973 publ. 1974; Xenikophyton smeeanum (Rchb.f.) Garay 1974; Xenikophyton seidenfadenianum M.Kumar, Sequiera & J.J.Wood 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as Schoenorchis latifolia drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 as Xenikophyton smeeanum drawing fide ; ?*Kew Bulletin 69(2) Jalal, Jayanthi & Schuiteman May 2014? photo fide