— spathe tongue, refering to the shape of the flower lip
… Dave’s Botanary
ply-KAY-tuh — folded, pleated … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: boat orchid, garden orchid, ground orchid, Phillippine Orchid
Native to: tropical, subtropical Asia, western Pacific  


Orchid for Id – indiantreepix | Google Groups :
in Kochi, Kerala on Sep 8 ’09;

Attaching an image of Purple Sunbird (female) on the flowers of Spathoglottis plicata. This terrestrial orchid blooms round the year.


Orchids of Assam:
Spathoglottis plicata Blume is now flowering in Assam
Syn name
Bletia angustifolia Gaudich; Paxtonia rosea Lindl; Spathoglottis lilacina Griff; Phaius rumphii Blume; Spathoglottis spicata Lindl; Spathoglottis deplanchei Rchb.f; Spathoglottis vieillardii Rchb.f; Spathoglottis angustifolia (Gaudich.) Benth. & Hook.f; Spathoglottis augustorum Rchb.f; Spathoglottis rosea (Lindl.) G.Nicholson; Spathoglottis plicata var. minahassae Schltr; Spathoglottis daenikeri Kraenzl; Calanthe poilanei Gagnep.

SYMBIOSIS : 363 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Attaching an image of Common Five ring Butterfly on the flower of Spathoglottis plicata (an orchid). This plant was a gift to me from … It is with me since 2003.

Spathoglottis plicata Blume
spath-oh-GLOT-tiss — spathe tongue, refering to the shape of the flower lip … Dave’s Botanary
ply-KAY-tuh — folded, pleated … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: boat orchid, garden orchid, ground orchid, Phillippine Orchid
Native to: tropical, subtropical Asia, western Pacific
ReferencesFlowers of India • Wikipedia • TopTropicals • Dave’s Garden
along NH4, in a hotel garden at Lonavala on 07 APR 07  

The picture came out superbly, seems like we are actually standing with the flowers…

Wonderful pics of this stunning flower.
Wwe have the yellow one flowering in HK these days.

Spathoglottis plicata from Malabar Botanical Garden Kerala
pls validate

Yes this is normal Spathoglottis plicata 

one of my most favorite 🙂

Spathoglottis plicata
Please validate.

Yes this looks like Spathoglottis plicata.

Orchidaceae Fortnight::Spathoglottis plicata?? (NSJ-13) : Attachments (2).
Spathoglottis plicata?? or Laelia?? photographed at Sangli.

Yes Spathoglottis plicata.


Orchidaceae fortnight :: Spathoglottis plicata : at Goa :: PKA46::  :  Attachments (3). 9 posts by 6 authors.
Spathoglottis plicata  from Goa.

Beautiful post. Thanks for showing. Is it wild?

Yes typical Spathiglottis plicata.

Thanks … This is a cultivated one.


Showy plants of Chicago Botanic Garden: Spathoglottis plicata from Illinois, USA: SCFEB34  : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

Spathoglottis plicata Blume (Orchidaceae)
It is a species of terrestrial orchid found from tropical and subtropical Asia to the western Pacific including Hawaiʻi, Tonga and Samoa.
It is the type species of the genusSpathoglottis.
It is commonly known as the Philippine Orchid, Philippine Ground Orchid, or Large Purple Orchid.


Lonavala, Aug 2013 :: Requesting ID of this orchid – 3:: ARKMAR-09/09  : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Requesting to please ID this orchid captured at a nursery in Lonavala near Pune in Aug 2013.

DSC09011.JPG is like Spathoglottis plicata 

Thanks … for the ID….and I thought both the pics belonged to the same plant…..


Orchid from Great Nicobar Island. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Here is an orchid from Great Nicobar Island, 34km on North-South Road, edges of evergreen forest, at low altitude. That time in 1984 digital camera was not available.
Dr. J. Jayanthi, Scientist – D, BSI, Pune told me that it is Spathoglottis plicata.


TSPOCT2015-17: Images Spathoglottis plicata shared  : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to share a few images of Spathoglottis plicata (Orchidaceae)
Habit: Terrestrial 
Habitat: Cultivated, Ornamental
Sighting: Tumkur, Home garden, about 800 msl
Date: 21-07-2014, 4-08-2014, 5-08-2014 and 6-09-2014

I am not sure if this is hybrid or a normal plicata, because the flwoers are supposed to be facing towards front in Spathoglottis plicata.
Usha mam, the first pic is of the fruit that has already dehisched and spread the seeds…

thanks … even green fruits open up to release seeds. would those seeds be ripe?
i am only drawing parallels with pods we eat like green peas or seem (butterbeans) etc greedpods there have unripe seeds.

In orchids if the fruits open, then for sure seeds are ripe. One thing about orchid seeds are, they dont have any reserved food as they have no endosperm and they are dispersed by wind as they are super light in weight. Seeds may take some time to germinate, but they are always ripe.
You cant compare it with peas. The two big cotyledons in these seeds are actually the food reserve which provides nurition to the embryo to germinate, because you actually open the unripe peas or beans because they are soft and in that stage they cant be planted (usually). You dont usually wait for the beans to ripe to eat, because they are too hard to cook by that time.

yes logical idea.. about opening pods to eat at will. would both be unripe… correct and dispersal of orchid seeds info: an eye opener. will look it up and No endosperm…. is that why they need compatible fungi to grow with?

Yes orchid seeds as they lack their own food, they need food from secondary sources so they need fungi.

1. Fungi is very much specific of the habitat where they grow.
2. Orchid is very much specific of the fungi they link with and ofcourse they are specific to habitat too.
So orchids are kind of more picky in choosing where to grow and hence they are not so common in occurence in comparision to other plants. So to cope with this issue, orchids produces millions of seeds in each capsule but the survival rate is very low in wild. But please remember one plant if produces 1 fruit in an year and 1 fruit gives millions of seeds and only 5 survives and grow to adult…. ITS PERFECTLY FINE FOR ORCHIDS, as there is an increase in population and that is what each species in the world wants…..TO REPRODUCE !!!



SK1740 19 Jan 2019 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 3 mb.

Location : Sentosa , Singapore
Date : 18 October 2012
Altitude  131 m.
Habit : Cultivated
Spathoglottis cultivar ??

May be Spathoglottis plicata.

Thank you … Spathoglottis plicata Blume

SK1749 22 Jan 2019 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 3 mb.
Location : Marina Bay Garden, Singapore
Date : 18 October 2012
Elevation : 25 m.
Habit : Cultivated
Spathoglottis plicata Sunshine Orchid ??

Don’t know about the identity of the hybrid but yes it should be one of Spathoglottis plicata.
I assume you meant “Gardens by the bay”. Marina Bay is the name of the hotel.
Do share pics of the garden. I was there when it was inaugurated. Never got a chance to visit again. 

Flower for id – 28022019SH1 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Flower for id pl. Which orchid ?
Location – Home Garden in Mumbai -Plant brought from Kerala
Date – Jan 2019

Once check with Spathoglottis plicata.


Orchid for ID : Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, USA : 14APR20 : AK-52 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Orchids seen at the Conservatory in ABG during my visit in October, 2018.

This should be Spathoglottis plicata.

Tata Garden Lonavala- 17Jan,2010;  Splathoglottis plicata – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Spathoglottis plicata from Hoysala village, Bellur Rd, Hassan-GS18022022-1: 6 very high res. images.
Spathoglottis plicata photographed from Hoysala village, Bellur Rd, Hassan, Karnataka, 26-9-2022

Yes, appears close to Spathoglottis plicata as per images at http://www.orchidsasia.com/spatho.htm

This could be a hybrid or just different colour form. Not a true colour of plicata. Also see fruits so I would say colourform.


Spathoglottis plicata for validation: 3 high res. images.
Request for validation of Spathoglottis plicata cultivated in Bilaspur. Photographed in January 2023.

Looks correct but hybrid ??

Yes, appears so as per images at


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