Sirhookera lanceolata (Wight) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 681 1891. (syn: Josephia lanceolata Wight; Polystachya ramosa Gardner ex Thwaites):

Images by tspkumar


SW. India, Sri Lanka as per WCSP

Epiphytic stemless herbs. Leaves 13 x 3.5-4 cm, including 4-5 cm long; petiole, elliptic-oblong or oblanceolate-oblong, subacute at apex. Flowers white, in 20-25 cm long, compound racemes; branches slender; dorsal sepal 3 x 2.9 mm, elliptic-obtuse, 3-veined; lateral sepals 3 x 1.5 mm, oblong, obtuse, 3-veined; petals 3 x 1 mm, oblanceolate, obtuse, 1-veined; lip 35 x 1.5-2 mm, panduriform, 3-lobed; lateral lobes short, blunt; midlobe elliptic-oblong, bifid at apex.

Flowering and fruiting: August-November
Shola, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
South India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)






ANJUL10 Sirhookera lanceolata (Wight) Kuntze : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)
Family: Orchidaceae
Date: 31st July 2016
Place: Chikamagalur, Karnataka

Habit: Epiphytic herb
Habitat: Shola forest

OK… I would agree Sirhookera lanceolata…. leaves look strange though… the labellum matches well.

Thanks a lot for sharing these pictures.

It is my pleasure to present few images of Sirhookera lanceolata (Orchidaceae)


Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, epiphytic, evergreen forest 

Sighting: Kottigehara, Chikmagalur, Karnataks, about 1100 msl 

Date: 13-08-2016

Wow, beautiful pics…

OK yes, this is Sirhookera lanceolata…. I had always been confused, but now I know !!!

Thanks a lot for sharing and also for enriching my knowledge.

Just wanted to add, there is a funny thing about the generic name.

Sirhookera, everyone knows Sir Hooker, but no one knows how to pronounce the two words kept together, “Sirhookera”.
There was a similar issue where one orchid expert named a Liparis after the famous Prof S.P.Vij from Punjab University. He played it nicely by naming the plant as Liparis espeevijii, so that the species epithet can be pronounced the way he wanted. Earlier people used to use a hyphen but not hyphen is not allowed so it makes the naming a bit complicated using two words.