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Renanthera matutina

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by ntgerald, Oct 3, 2009.

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    A large sized, hot growing vine-like epiphytic native of Thailand, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Malaysia in lowland and mixed montane forests at elevations of 100 to 600 meters as a large to giant sized, hot growing pendulous epiphyte on tree branches in light to moderate shade with a long stem carrying many, distant, oblong or lorate, fleshy, unequally bilobed apically, conduplicate below into the clasping base, stiff leaves that flowers in the fall on an axillary, 2 3/4' to 3' [50 to 90 cm] long, paniculate, many flowered inflorescence with ovate, reflexed floral bracts.(From IOSPE)
    It does not mention the Philippines, but a lot of this plant can be found here, cultivated by people in the rural areas who have no idea that it is an orchid.
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    Some creature must have found the floral parts delectable.