Actually, there are another 30 odd species in the genus, and the following
Trichoglottis species do well in North Queensland.
The erect growing species
Has 5cm heavy textured flowers
of rich maroon red, the lip white and purple, sometimes referred to as the Black
Orchid. The flowers are produced along the stem. A climber requiring something
to clamber up. Philippines. (Trichoglottis atropurpurea)
Trichoglottis ionosma. Has a branched spike of 3 cm flowers, yellow,
blotched and barred redbrown. The lip is heart shaped and white. Similar to
Trichoglottis luchuensis, this name may not be correct, due to the normal
haphazard naming by the original export Nursery in the Philippines. This species
was originally imported mixed in with plants of Trichoglottis, all labelled
Trichoglottis luzonense, a species which is quite different vegetevly.
Trichoglottis Loheriana ( Davisii) . A very robust species with thick
Trichoglottis luchuensis. Also has a branched spike habit, with 3
cm yellow flowers, blotched and spotted brown. The lip is cross shaped, red
brown. A Philippine and Formosan species. Like Trichoglottis ionosma, these do
best in pots or a basket as they do not climb.Philippines
Trichoglottis luzonense. A larger slow growing plant, with wider
leaves. The branched spikes carry numerous 4 cm flowers, yellow barred red
brown, much like a small Arachnis flower. Another non climber, basket culture
Trichoglottis wenzellii. A rampant grower, has green yellow flowers
with concentric red veins, the lip is long and white. A climber, requiring
something to clamber up. Very fragrant, well worth growing for the perfume.
Trichoglottis retusa. A smaller grower, has 2cm yellow green flowers with
brown blotches, produced along the stem, the lip is white. Thailand
Trichoglottis tomentosa ( Sagarikii). A very pretty species with 3 cm
flowers, yellow with redbrown blotches, the lip is white and purple. Flowers
produced along the stem. Thailand
Trichoglottis fasciata. Also known as Stauropsis fasciata. This species
produces short spikes of 3 or 4 flowers, each about 5 cm long, white outside,
inside yellow green with wide bars of redbrown, the lip white. Very fragrant as
are most Trichoglottis. Thailand
The pendulous species.
Trichoglottis breviracema. Basket culture grows this species into a
large spectacular clump. Taiwan. T rosea var
Trichoglottis batanense. Much like breviracema, it also develops into
large clumps. Philippines
Trichoglottis latisepala. Another clumping pendulous species.
All the Trichoglottis grow well either in a bushhouse or outdoors, with broken
sunlight and protection from direct hot sunlight. The climbers need something to
clamber up, and can be kept manageable by cutting tops and replanting at the
base of the support for a specimen clump. The pendulous species do well in a
hanging basket. They like plenty of water and benefit from regular fertilizing.
They mostly flower at different times, some are particularly fragrant and all
flower regularly, so there is in flower, usually, another Trichoglottis.