Spathoglottis plicata- Singles (20,000,000)
Layout Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
Native Philippine Orchids (Photographs taken from the Book,
"Native Philippine Orchids" by Nans N. Fessel and Peter Baizer,
Times Edition, Paciencia P. Milan, Program Director, VISCA-GTZ
Applied Tropical Ecology Program and
President, Leyte State University).
The book is provided by Cesar Apolonio.
First Day Covers: Manila
Orchids of the Philippines
The pseudobulbs of Liparis latifolia are very close together,
somewhat flattened, and up to 9 cm long. The leaves are leathery,
acute, about 24 cm long and 5 cm wide. The inflorescence is
terminal, upright, slightly longer than the leaves, many flowered.
The flowers are small in size, brick red, some with a greenish tint,
sepals and petals pointing downward. The lip is recurved through
180°, with a darker color, bilobed; its margin is erose. The
pollinarium has four pollinia.
Spathoglottis plicata. Spathoglottis
plicata is a terrestrial orchid. The pseudobulbs are up to 7 cm
long, and 5 cm wide. The leaves have lengthwise folds (plicate), and
are 30 to 120 cm long, and 3 to 9 cm wide; the petiole is 10 to 15
cm long, The infloresence is erect, up tp 75 cm tall. The flowers do
not all open at the same time. The flowers are white, pale pink,
rose to dark purple, 3 to 5 cm in diameter. The sepals are widely
stretched out, up to about 25 mm long and 9 to 13 mm wide. The
petals are similar but slightly broader than the sepals. The lip is
trilobed, having a callus between the side-lobes. The pollinarium
has eight pollinia in two groups.