Drooping Orchid;  



Orchid for ID, from Thrissur: Please help to identify this orchid
Collected from Sholayar, Thrissur (01.05.2011) 

This would be Epipogium roseum, a saprophytic orchid. 

Yes this is Epipogium roseum as .. sir says. Saprophytic term has been removed from botany now and it is believed that there are no plant in the world which is a true saprophyte. The term which is now a days used is Myco-heterotrophic that means the plant is parasitic on fungi. 

Epipogium roseum (D. Don) Lindl. from Orchidaceae
Location: Tilari (On the from Chandgad-Savantwadi)
Date: 26th June, 2012.
Epipogium Gmelin et Borkhausen is a small genus containing three species of saprophytic orchids.
E. roseum (D.Don) Lindl. is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia, Australia and Africa (Luo and Chen 2002).
It usually appears on thick humus on wet deciduous forest floors protected by a dense canopy.
One of the beautiful, saprophytic Orchid.

This is very pretty. We saw it recently in Laos too.

You much check the underground parts to confirm the species. We have Epipogium roseum and Epipogium aphyllum in India. Aphyllum has coralloid root where as roseum has tubers with rings.

ORCHIDACEAE Fortnight: Epipogium roseum :  Attachments (1). 4 posts by 4 authors.
A terrestrial saprophytic herb, 

Epipogium roseum (D. Don) Lindl. 

Patgaon, Kolhapur district  
April 2012 

Nice shot… looks very delicate



Epipogium roseum (D.Don) Lindl., J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 1: 177 (1857).
Limodorum roseum D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal.: 30 (1825).
Ceratopsis rosea (D.Don) Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 384 (1840).
Galera rosea (D.Don) Blume, Mus. Bot. 2: 188 (1856).
Galera nutans Blume, Bijdr.: 415 (1825).
Podanthera pallida Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 5: 22 (1851).
Epipogium nutans (Blume) Rchb.f., Bonplandia (Hannover) 5: 36 (1857).
Epipogium guilfoylii F.Muell., Fragm. 8: 30 (1872).
Epipogium tuberosum Duthie, Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. (Calcutta) 9(2): 151 (1906).
Epipogium africanus Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 45: 399 (1911).
Epipogium nutans var. celebicus Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10: 5 (1911).
Epipogium rolfei (Hayata) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10: 5 (1911).
Galera rolfei Hayata, J. Coll. Sci. Imp. Univ. Tokyo 30(1): 348 (1911).
Epipogium kassnerianum Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 51: 370 (1914).
Galera kusukusensis Hayata, Icon. Pl. Formosan. 4: 121 (1914).
Epipogium kusukusense (Hayata) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 4: 153 (1919).
Epipogium makinoanum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 4: 153 (1919).
Gastrodia schinziana Kraenzl., Vierteljahrsschr. Naturf. Ges. Zürich 74: 66 (1929).
Epipogium sinicum C.L.Tso, Sunyatsenia 1: 132 (1933).
Epipogium pooneranthum Fukuy., Trans. Nat. Hist. Soc. Taiwan 32: 243 (1942).
Stereosandra schinziana (Kraenzl.) Garay, Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 13: 32 (1954).
Epipogium dentilabellum Ohtani & S.Suzuki, Sci. Rep. Yokosuka City Mus. 6: 28 (1961).
Epipogium sessanum S.N.Hegde & A.N.Rao, J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 3: 598 (1982).
Epipogium indicum H.J.Chowdhery, G.D.Pal & G.S.Giri, Nordic J. Bot. 13: 419 (1993).
Distribution: Trop. Africa to SW. Pacific

Images by tspkumar



TSP-APR2016-20-320: Images of Epipogium roseum (Orchidaceae) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Epipogium roseum (Orchidaceae 

Habit: Leafless herb. 

Habitat: Wild, terrestrial, Myco-heterotrophic, Evergreen forest floor. 

Sighting: Sakaleshpur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 28-04-2016

Wonderful capture from your lens.


MS May,2016/02 Epipogium sp. for ID : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

Location : Dampui, Mizoram
Date : 02-05-2016
Habit  : Terrestrial herb ?
Habitat : Wild

Kindly check for Epipogium roseum.

Ref: /species/m—z/o/orchidaceae/epipogium/epipogium-roseum

I too think that this Epipogium roseum


MS May, 2016/14 Epipogium sp. for ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Location : Dampui, Mizoram
Date : 03/05/2016
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Wild

I think same as Epipogium roseum as per another thread.

This should be Epipogium roseum.





Fwd: Photo for ID pl : 8 posts by 3 authors. 1 image.

It is from Gangtok; 4500ft

Any other images ?

Thanks, … Appears close as per images at Epipogium roseum

Epipogium roseum.

I am afraid it may not be E. roseum

Hope you are fine. I understand your indication. However, Epipogium roseum is very widespread and highly variable and that’s why it already has so many synonyms including two from India, E. sessanicum and E. indicum.


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