Spathoglottis elobulata J.J.Sm. 1929 TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Part shade Hot

Common Name The Not Lobed Spathoglottis

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with close set, very small, ovoid, ring-like noded pseudobulbs enveloped by sheaths with the uppermost carrying a small caducous leaf, carrying erect, lanceolate-linear, gradually very long, narrowly acumnate apically, strongly plicate, 8 nerved, coriaceous, njarrwoing below into the channeled, ribbed, petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect, often branched, dull purple below, pale green above, peduncle subterete, puberulous, 4 to 6, green tinged purple tubular bracted, 19.8 to 20" [49 to to 50 cm] long, rachis 8"+ [20 cm+] long, elongate, slightly nodding, puberulous, many flowered inflorescence with reflexed, elliptic-ovate, sub-acuminate, sub-acute, strongly concave, minutely puberulous, purple, apicaly green in the middle floral bracts and carrying flowers that are purple, the lateral sepals at the base paler with purple dots; lateral lobes of the lip dark purple, outside white, especially near the apex with purple dots, disc between the lobes white with two longitudinal, parallel, purple stripes consisting of small dots; callus pale yellow with dull brown-purple dots, claw and basal half of the mid-lobe yellowish, longitudinally dotted with brown-purple, apex of the claw dark purple, column purple, lighter at the base; anther white, pollinia yellow, ovary dull dark purpleand the pedicel paler purple


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984;