Schoenorchis smeeana (Rchb.f.) Jalal, Jayanthi & Schuit., Kew Bull. 69(2)-9508: 4 (2014). (Syn: Rhynchostylis latifolia C.E.C.Fisch.; Schoenorchis latifolia (C.E.C.Fisch.) C.J.Saldanha;    Saccolabium smeeanum Rchb.f.; Xenikophyton seidenfadenianum M.Kumar; Xenikophyton smeeanum (Rchb.f.) Garay);
SW. India (as per WCSP);

Erect epiphytes. Leaves 5-7.5 x 1.5-2.5 cm, oblong, apex unequally bilobed, channelled above. Raceme simple or branched to 10 cm long; bracts ca 2 mm, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate; sepal and petal ca 3 x 2 mm, ovate-oblong, obtuse, lip obscurely 3-lobed, arched, base spurred, column short, pollinia 2.  

Flowering and fruiting: May-August
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi


Xenicophyton smeeanum from high elevation reaches of grasslands

Grown on stand alone trees in the grassland and forest edges

Xenikophyton smeeanum.

Such a cute orchid … uncommon unique 🙂

You have got superb collection, all your uploads are extraordinary.

Images by tspkumar


TSP30082015-1: An Orchid for ID assistance. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Submitting images of an epiphytic Orchid  for identification
Date/time: 26-8-2015
Location: Byakaravalli, Sakaleshpur, Hassan, Karnataka about 1100 msl
Habitat: Wild, Epiphytic, semi evergreen forest

Habit: Herb.

This is Schoenorchis smeeana earlier name Xenikophyton smeeanum

I have attached an article related to this also


TSP-JUL2016-18-418: Images of Xenikophyton smeeanum (Orchidaceae) : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to present few images of Xenikophyton smeeanum  (Orchidaceae


Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, epiphytic, evergreen forest fringe. 

Sighting: Sakaleshpur, Hassan, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 23-07-2016

Superb again!!!

Now this is called Schoenorchis smeeana. Beautiful orchid.

Identity of this orchid plant: 1 high res. image.

i am Manjunath B. From Chikmangalore I am specially interested in Orchid  Plants can I have a identity please

Considering the location mentioned, Chikmangalore in Karnataka state and looking at the flattish leaves, tip of the leaf, it appears to be Schoenorchis smeeana (syn: Xenikophyton smeeanum)
A clear picture of inflorescence and flower would have helped further.

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