Spathoglottis fortunei Lindl.

Frost-tender, terrestrial, rhizomatous orchid with pseudobulbs arising from the rhizomes, with a few deciduous leaves, and tall, slender racemes of yellow flowers, the lips spotted and marked with red, in autumn.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The plant which I found at Prome and Taong Dong seems to be larger than that which is a native of Bengal, and may perhaps eventually prove a different species.  Professor Lindley, in his valuable work on Orchideae, quoted above, considers them as one and the same species.’  [Wallich pl.203/1802.]  Apparently live plants were only introduced to Britain by Robert Fortune in 1844.  [JD].  ‘One of the first plants which Mr. Fortune met with on the granitic mountains of Hong Kong.’  [BR f.19/1845].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [O.48/1850].  One of a number of plants received from Captain Simpson in late 1849 or early 1850, apparently on the same ship as those accompanying Captain P. P. King.  The source is unclear.  [ML A1980-3].


Published Jan 26, 2010 - 04:34 PM | Last updated Jan 26, 2010 - 04:42 PM

Figured are pseudobulb, lance-shaped, narrow leaves and slender raceme of yellow flowers.  Wallich pl.203, 1802.

Spathoglottis fortunei Lindl. | Wallich pl.203/1802 | BHL

More details about Spathoglottis fortunei Lindl.
Family Orchidaceae
Region of origin

Hong Kong

  • Spathoglottis pubescens Lindl.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Spathoglottis Fortuni 

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