Thunia alba var. bracteata (Roxb.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb, Edinburgh J. Bot. 58: 116 2001. (Syn: Limodorum bracteatum Roxb.; Thunia bracteata (Roxb.) Schltr.; Thunia venosa Rolfe);
As per efi thread:
Thunia alba has orange-yellow on labellum; Thunia bracteata has pink-purple

Epiphytic herbs; stem not pseudobulbous, 15-40 cm long. Leaves linear-ensiform, 7-18 cm long. Raceme large, drooping, 7-12 cm long. Flowers few, white, 2.5 cm long; bracts large, scarious. Sepals erecto-patent, subequal, lanceolate, acute. Petals similar. Lip 2 cm long; side lobes involute, crisped; midlobe spreading, waved, often ciliate, palate with 5 longitudinal rows of long, erect, flat. Papillae purple which sometimes unite into membranes. Column long, winged, broadening to the denticulate apex. Anther narrow, pendulous, incompletely 4-celled; pollinia 8, waxy, attached in fours to a granular membrane.  

Flowering and fruiting: March-May
Evergreen forests
From India to Myanmar, Thailand and China

We collected this specimen from Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
May i know the identity of this species?
Date- September 2010
Location- Chintapalli, Visakhapatanm Disrtrict, Andhra Pradesh
Habitat- Wild
Plant Habit- Epiphytic herb
Height/Length- 30-35 cm
Leaves Size- 4-13cm length to 1.5-2.0cm width
Flowers size 4-5cm

This is Thunia alba var. bracteata (Roxb.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb syn T. venosa Rolfe of Orchidaceae.

By the way, there are more than 3 orchid in your first pic. PLease also share a better magnification pic for id.


identification request:
It may be a Dendrobium sp.

Date/Time- 08-09-2010
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Chintapalli, Andhra Pradesh, Altitude: Above 900M
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Epiphytic herb
Height/Length- 30-35 cm
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- alternate, 4-13 cm long X 1.5-2.0 cm width
Inflorescence Type/ Size-4-5 cm long 

Please check Dendrobium wightii Hawkes & Heller.

This is Thunia alba var. bracteata….

Thanks for the correction … Has it been recorded from Andhra Pradesh ?

Its recorded from Jharkhand and Orissa and further south, so it sud be there in Andhra…


Thunia (Orchidaceae) a new record for Andhra Pradesh :  5 posts by 4 authors.
One of the group members has been published a science article entitled “Thunia Rchb.f. (Orchidaceae): A New Generic Record for Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh, India”. Authors acknowledged efloraindia for providing platform and discussion about plants. Congratulations to all authors and eflora members for this success.
Publication details are find at: 

Thanks, … for the information.
Congrats to the following authors for this good work:
K. N. Reddy, S. Ingalhalikar, P. Kumar, C. Sudhakar Reddy

I think we are talking of pictures in the thread at Thunia alba var. bracteata

Including the name of a person (me) as an author who merely suggested the ID of a posting is an unusual gesture. Thank you Mr. KN Reddy and everybody.


Family: Orchidaceae
Date: 16th August 2015
Place: Mudigere, Karnataka
Habit: Epiphytic herb

Images by tspkumar


TSPSEP2015-6: Images of Thunia alba shared. : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

It’s my pleasure to share a few images of this epiphytic orchid, Thunia alba 
Habit: Herb 
Habitat: Epiphytic, Growing  on moss clad tree trunk. 
Sighting: Gutti, Mudigere,Chikmagalur,Karnataka,about 1300 msl
Date: 12-08-21

Nice to see this plant from Southern India. Here in Uttarakhand it hardly develops any reddish colour on lip.

Thunia alba var. bracteata (Roxb.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb is the one reported from Karnataka.
Thunia alba (Lindl.) Rchb.f. is a another distinct species by itself.


id : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
Thunia bracteata or alba?
Please verify ID.

Please check for T.alba var. bracteata in eFI at-
Please also mention place.
Nice to see your post again in eFI.

Looks like Thunia alba var. bracteata. Sometimes I believe both alba and alba var. bracteata are same.

Thunia alba var. bracteata

Thunia alba (Lindl.) Rchb. : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Sharing some pictures I guess  is Thunia alba (Lindl.) Rchb. shot at Pokhara Nepal on 27 July 2015 at 2700 ft.
Or is it Thunia alba var. bracteata ??
What is the difference between these two?

Some people (plus I) call this Thunia alba var. bracteata, while others call it Thunia bracteata.
Thunia alba has orange-yellow on labellum; Thunia bracteata has pink-purple.


Thunia alba var. bracteata (Roxb.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Location : Pokhara, Nepal
Date : 8 August 2017
Elevation : 2600 ft.

Nepali Names : छाडे फूल Chhaade Phool / गोलाइनो Golaaino

Thanks a lot for sharing sir. Yes this does look like Thunia alba var. bracteata. You can find it along the lake side in Pokhara. That site is really good and also if you go above into the oak forest on the other side.

Thank you all !
Attachments (2) 

SK 2174 12 September 2019 : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5) – 1 mb or more.
Location: Godawari, Lalitpur,, Nepal
Altitude: 1792 m.
Date: 08 August 2019
Habit : Wild
Thunia alba (Lindl.) Rchb.f. or Thunia alba var. bracteata (Roxb.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb at this elevation ?

its supposed to be a lithophytic orchid. so was it growing on stone? or gravelly soil?

Soil wall.

thanks. never seen it before. new to me

Ok …!

Thunia alba var. bracteata. Also grows on trees. But never seen on ground.

So nothing is written in stone? eh! lithophyitc, ?

Yes mam, Lithophyte is the word. This plant is very bulky and heavy, may be the reason for not seeing it on rocks so often, but they do grow on rock cracks if they can hold properly.

Got it.

Thank you … Elevation is OK for this sp. ??

Checklist of Nepal gives it as 500-1700 m, while Flora of China gives it as 1200-2300 m.


SK 2959 13 September 2021 – Orchidaceae: 7 very high res. images.
Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude: 652m.
Date: 04 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Thunia alba (Lindl.) Rchb.f. ??? Thunia alba var. bracteata (Roxb.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb???

Very basic way to differentiate. This is Thunia alba. Thunia alba var. bracteata will have yellow on the lip.

Sorry the other way around 🙁

The one with yellow path is Thunia alba and one without is Thunia alba var. bracteata.
So this plant is Thunia alba var. bracteata.

Thank you … ! Now confusion cleared !



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