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Sarcochilus odoratus

Sarcochilus odoratus

Sarcochilus odoratus Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 965

Type: Schlechter 16569 (holo B, lost; iso BO, E, K, L, MO, NSW)


  • Pteroceras odoratum (Schltr.) Garay, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 23, 4 (1972) 194
  • Monanthochilus odoratus (Schltr.) Ormerod, Checkl. Papuas. Orchids (2017) 344

Epiphytic, pendent, almost stemless; roots flexuose, glabrous. Leaves pendent, linear-ligulate, subobtuse, apex slightly bilobulate, 14-23 cm long, near the middle 1.2-1.6 cm wide. Inflorescences very short, 1-flowered; peduncle with a few small scales, about 1 cm long. Floral bracts very small, much shorter than the ovary. Flower very sweetly fragrant, glabrous. Sepals lanceolate-elliptic, acute, 1.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals similar to the sepals, subobtuse, 1.2 cm long, oblique. Lip 3-lobed, fleshy, 0.7 cm long, when flattened between the tips of the lateral lobes 1.3 cm wide, at the base with two swellings, in the middle with a concavity representing the mouth of the fleshy spur, above the middle with a conical obtuse callus, in front of this with a very small subulate appendage; lateral lobes subfalcate-oblong, obtuse, erect; mid-lobe [‘spur’] square, fleshy, broadly obtuse, a little shorter than the lateral lobes. Column narrowed at the base. Anther rhombic-cucullate, apiculate; pollinia obliquely oblongoid; stipe oblanceolate-linear, as long as the pollinia; viscidium obtriangular, fairly large. Ovary sessile, cylindrical, glabrous, c. 1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flowers light yellow.

Epiphyte in lowland forest; 200 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Warm growing epiphyte.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 340, fig. 1312
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Vandeae
  • Subtribe Aeridinae
  • Genus Sarcochilus
  • Species Sarcochilus odoratus

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Sarcochilus odoratus

Sarcochilus odoratus Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 340, fig. 1312

Sarcochilus odoratus

Sarcochilus odoratus Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 16569 (isotype specimen BO)