Sirhookera latifolia (Wight) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 681 1891. (syn: Josephia latifolia Wight);

Epiphytes with very short stem and vermiform roots. Leaves 9-10 x 2-2.5 cm, including a petiole of 1-1.5 cm long, oblong, acute. Flowers white, in 15-20 cm long branched racemes; branches slender; dorsal sepal obovate, obtuse, 3-veined; lateral sepals elliptic-oblong, obtuse, 3-veined; petals oblong, obtuse, 1-veined; lip 4 x 2 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes smaller, oblong, obtuse, incurved; midlobe ovate, obtuse or acute.

Flowering and fruiting: August-September
Evergreen forests
South India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

Orchid-4-Devaramane_29-7-2015 for ID assistance. : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Submitting images of an epiphytic Orchid for identification.
Date/time: 30-7-2015/ About 6-00 pm
Location: Devaramane, Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka about 1500 msl
Habitat: Wild, epiphytic.
Habit: Herb.

Identified by … as Sirhookera sp.

The following two species are found in Karnataka:
1) Sirhookera lanceolata (Wight) Kuntze
2) Sirhookera latifolia (Wight) Kuntze

Beautiful. Sirhookera latifolia. Thanks for sharing…

This could be Sirhookera lanceolata if the plant is without pseudobulb

They can be distinguished by the presence of transverse plate at the base of the midlobe of the labellum.
I never knew they had bulbs.
The leaves are borader and obtuse apex in latifolia and narrower with acute apex in lanceolata.
I can see obtuse leaf apex in third pic.

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TSP25082015-Kottigehara-2 for ID assistance. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Submitting images of an epiphytic Orchid sp for identification.
This one was found growing on tree trunk very close to the ground.
My heart says that it is Sirhookera latifolia…..But ..!???
Date/time: 25-8-2015
Location: Kottigehara, Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka about 1100 msl
Habitat: Wild, Epiphytic
Habit: Herb.

I think this is Sirhookera latifolia.


539 ID wild Orchid: 15 high res. images.
Please ID wild Orchid
Location: bloomed near Vannappuram Thodupuzha Idukki Kerala INDIA
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 31AUG2023, 02.45pm
Habitat: wild moisture evergreen misty sloppy canopied alpine
Plant habit: epiphyte Orchid, nice stem, perennial
Host tree: Canarium sps.
Height: 11cm including inflorescence
Leaves: alternate elliptic obtuse acute simple glossy flexible fleshy, size upto: 10×5cm
Flower: axillary panicle inflorescence, clustered, diameter:03mm, whitish violet, non fragrant
Fruit: capsule green into brown ovoid ridges size:01×0.4cm

Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x