Aerides quinquevulnera

Aerides quinquevulnera Lindl., Sert. Orchid. (1838) sub pl. 30

Type: Loddiges cult. (Cuming) s.n. (Philippines) (holo K)

Stems suberect, to c. 40 cm long, densely many-leaved. Leaves strap-shaped, 20-30 by 3-4 cm, thick leathery, apex unequally bilobed. Inflorescences from the leaf axils, racemose, pendulous, about as long as the leaves, rather densely many-flowered. Floral bracts minute. Ovary with pedicel 2 cm long. Median sepal elliptic, 1 by 0.6 cm, apex obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely broadly ovate, 1.5 by 1 cm, inserted on the column-foot, apex obtuse. Petals elliptic, 0.8 by 0.5 cm, apex obtuse. Lip 3-lobed, 1.3 cm long, spurred; lateral lobes erect, broadly rounded, the upper margins almost touching; mid-lobe much narrower than the lateral lobes, rectangular, curved inwards and upwards against the front margins of the lateral lobes, margins erose, apex truncate; spur curved forwards, horn-like, 1.3 cm long. Column short, thick; column-foot much longer than the column.

Colours: Sepals and petals whitish with fine magenta spots and a magenta blotch on the apices. Lip white with fine magenta spots, midlobe magenta, spur greenish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: New Guinea, Philippines.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 19-117M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte, requires much light.