Another Trichoglottis

Actually, there are another 30 odd species in the genus, and the following Trichoglottis species do well in North Queensland.

The  erect growing species

Trichoglottis brachiata.  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. Philippineas


Trichoglottis Loheriana ( Davisii) . A very robust species with thick leaves. Philippines

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 used.Philippines

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. Philippines

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 breviracemaBasket culture grows this species into a large spectacular clump. Taiwan. T rosea var breviracema.

Trichoglottis batanense. Much like  breviracema, it also develops into large clumps.  Philippines

Trichoglottis latisepala. Another clumping pendulous species. Philippines.


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.

Text and photographs by Ian Walters.
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