Distribution: E. Nepal to S. China and Indo-China




Orchid for identification 280113MK03:

Please help me to identify this epiphytic orchid found in a semi-evergreen forest patch.
Date: 27 Dec 2012
Place: Kolli Hills, TN
Alt.: 1460 m asl

It may be Stereochilus hirtus but differ in inflorescence……

This is Saccolabium gemmatum Lindl. The new name for this plant is Schoenorchis gemmata (Lindl.) J.J.Sm.

Supporting …

Yes sir it may be but differ in leaves of Schoenorchis gemmata (Lindl.) J.J.Sm. I never seen such types of leaves in Schoenorchis gemmata in our area…….

This is the typical leaves of Schoenorchis gemmata in the Western Ghats. The leaf may show variation according to altitude light availability and other such parameters.

This is very close to Schoenorchis gemmata, but we have live plants here too and leaves are a bit longer. This should flower now. I will post my pics soon….. Too busy these days.

Any chance of showing flowers …?

Sir, the plants are so healthy, but in our place plants are not like that (almost pendulous) and the leaves are long and plants are found commonly found in 1000-1200 m msl……

Can the leaf size variation might be due to lack of nutrition, because I took this from a dead tree branch. The flowers might have withered off as fruits started setting. I will visit the place again, and will try to catch up the flowers.


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Schoenorchis gemmata (Lindl.) J.J.Sm., Natuurw. Tijdschr. Ned.-Indië
72: 100 (1912).

Saccolabium gemmatum Lindl., Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 24(Misc.): 50 (1838).
Gastrochilus gemmatus (Lindl.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 661 (1891).
Cleisostoma gemmatum (Lindl.) King & Pantl., Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. (Calcutta) 8: 234 (1899).
Saccolabium hainanense Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1895: 284 (1895).
Schoenorchis hainanensis (Rolfe) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1: 986 (1913).
Saccolabium spatulatum Rolfe ex Downie, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925: 389 (1925).
Cleisostoma evrardii Gagnep., Bull. Soc. Bot. France 79: 34 (1932).
Cleisostoma dichroanthum Gagnep., Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., II, 22: 631 (1951).
Cleisostoma dichroanthum var. teurnamense Tixier, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., II, 34: 409 (1963).
Schoenorchis spatulata (Rolfe ex Downie) Seidenf. & Smitinand, Orch. Thail. (Prelim. List): 614 (1963).

Distribution: E. Nepal to S. China and Indo-China

wonderful inflorescence  


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