Spathoglottis paulinae F. Muell. 1867 SECTION Lilacinae Photo by © Th Nordhausen and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website.
Inflorescence Photos courtesy of © Lourens Grobler
Another Flower Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl, plant grown by JEM Orchids
Common Name Pauline Richmond's Spathoglottis [Australian Orchid Enthusiast] - In Australia The Small Purple Orchid
Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm]
Found in Australia and Papua and New Guinea as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial species at elevations of 100 to 650 meters in sunny disturbed areas such as road cuts or sloping rocky grasslands with a short rhizome giving rise to a minute pseudobulb carrying 2 to 4, erect-patent, narrowly linear, long acuminate, glabrous, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a 3' 8" [110 cm] long, basal, erect, racemose inflorescence which extends during blooming and has successive [6 to 8 open at a time] opening flowers. It is self pollinating and nearly all flowers set a capsule.
Synonyms Bletia paulinae F.Muell. 1867; Spathoglottis rivularis Schltr. 1912; Spathoglottis soutteriana F.M.Bailey 1895
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1893; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as Spathoglottis rivularis Schltr. 1912/1985 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as S rivularis photo fide; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008;