Golden rules for caring for jewel orchids

Jewel orchids are becoming increasingly popular. In recent years, more and more plant holders have warmed up to these mostly small gems. These include experienced orchid enthusiasts as well as plant lovers who have never cared for orchids before.
A great advantage of the ornamental leaf orchids, like our jewel orchids are also called, lies in their size.

This multi-page article answers many questions about the care of jewel orchids and will appear in the next issue of OrchideenZauber.

The series of articles started last year and sheds light on a wide range of aspects relating to our jewel orchids.

Our range of jewel orchids – part 3

Anoectochilus albolineatus ‘Ladies best friend’
Anoectochilus formosanus

Anoectochilus siamensis broad white center

Anoectochilus siamensis green with white center
Anoectochilus sikkimensis
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A report about Macodes sanderiana in OrchideenZauber

As there is little written information about jewel orchids, we started to gather information about these beauties and publish them in OrchideenZauber. This is one of a series of articles that will be published one by one.

Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land 1906 to 1909: Rudolf Schlechter is on the road in German New Guinea on behalf of the Colonial Economic Committee and takes the opportunity to introduce himself to his
favorite botanical specialty – the orchids. The orchideological yield of this research trip exceeds all his hopes, among the finds are also three newly discovered “leaf orchids” of the genus macodes. To date, these macodes species hardly known …

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Sea of love: Aspidogyne argentea is flowering

Our overwhelming Aspidogyne argentea.

Aspidogyne argentea is one of the few South American jewel orchids commercially available. Its flowers may be small, but their special markings make them appealing and pretty.

Flowers, flowers, flowers. All Aspidogyne argentea are flowering at the same time.

Since the leaves of Aspidogyne argentea are also extremely attractive, this Goodyerinae can only be recommended. You can also find this beauty in our online shops.

Flower detail of Aspidogyne argentea.

A report about Macodes petola in OrchideenZauber

First page of the Macodes petola report

There is not much printed information about our jewel orchids. The German language magazine OrchideenZauber by Dr. Jürgen Schmidt therefore pleasantly surprises with his current focus on jewel orchids. In the featured issue you will find an article on Macodes petola, one of the most commonly kept jewel orchids. Other articles on the subject of jewel orchids have already been published or will appear in future issues. A look at the OrchideenZauber homepage is definitely worthwhile.

Cover of issue 1 2022

Anoectochilus albolineatus Parish & Rchb. f. 1874

Close-up of flowers of Anoectochilus albolineatus ‘Ladies best friend’

Anoectochilus albolineatus was also published as Anoectochilus reinwardtii Auct, non Bl. 1907. We obtained plants that were labeled as Anoectochilus albolineatus and one labeled as Anoectochilus reinwardtii and these plants were identical.

Side view.

As a forest plant it is found in Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar. It prefers to grow in a granite or sandstone bedrock.

Look at these long hairlike lip-outgrowths. Number and shape are typical for Anoectochilus albolineatus.

It grows in the shade in humus rich soil.

Foliage of Anoectochilus albolineatus.

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Macodes petola ‘Exotic Jungle’

Macodes petola is a must have for all jewel orchid lovers. It is the species that is most often offered and there are quite some different cultivars among which the collector can choose. The specality of Macodes petola ‘Exotic Jungle’ are the striking dark green fields that show up in between golden veins. The price of this offer is ineed a good one, especially for the size of the offered plant (it is grown in a 9 cm pot).

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Top row from left to right: Anoectochilus koshunensis x Anoectochilus siamensis, Anoectochilus sikkimensis, Anoectochilus roxburghii hyb 1.

Second row from left to right: Anoectochilus albolineatus ‘Ladies best friend, Anoectochilus roxburghii ‘Dreamcatcher’, Anoectochilus lylei ‘Marshmallow, Anoectochilus lylei.

Bottom row from left to right: Aspidogyne argentea, Anoectochilus roxburghii ‘Salmon Dream’, Macodes petola.
Top row from left to right: Anoectochilus roxburghii ‘Esperança’, Anoectochilus roxburghii ‘Belissima’, Anoectochilus roxburghii ‘Regenbogenforelle’.

Second row from left to right: Anoectochilus siamensis x Dossinia marmorata, Anoectochilus roxburghii ‘Fitebird’,Platythelys maculata, Dossinia marmorata x Macodes sanderiana.

Bottom row from left to right: Macodes petola ‘Exotic Jungle, Goodyera hispida, Ludochilus Lacewing.
Top row from left to right: Goosyera maliponensis, Anoectochilus siamensis broad wide center, Anoectochilus roxburghii ‘Silver Mine’.

Second row from left to right: Anoectochilus formosanus, Goodyera viridiflora.

Bottom row from left to right: Anoectochilus papuanus, Anoectochilus siamensis grenn with white center, Anoectochilus chapaensis.

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Phaius leonidii

Phaius leonidii. First described by P.J. Cribb & J. Stone in 2017

Phaius leonidii belongs to the section Limatodes and is closely allied to Phaius mishmensis. In contrast to the latter flowers of Phaius leonidii open fully. Phaius leonidii grows in montane forests in deep shade in a range of 1700 to 1985 m.

This Phaius was named for Professor Leonid Averyanov

The type specimen was collected 2005 at the ridge of Ta Dung Mountain. The shown plant was collected by Bui Tien Dat, a vietnamese orchid enthusiast from the Minh Hoa district. In September 2020, a Vanilla species was named after him: Vanilla tiendatii.

Minh Ty NGUYEN et al. 2020: Vanilla tiendatii, a new climbing orchid from Vietnam. Taiwania 65(4): 438‒442.

Phaius leonidii was renamed in 2021 to Calanthe averyanoviana M.W.Chase, Christenh. & Schuit.

Dear Bui Tien Dat, thanks for sharing the pictures of your Phaius leonidii!

Phaius amboinensis, the first described Phaius species

Phaius amboinensis was described as Angraecum terrestre alterum by Georgius Everhardus Rumphius. His line drawing was published in 1750 in his Herbarium Amboinense.

On the right hand: Angraecum terrestre alterum was collected on the indonesian island Amboina (Maluku)

For a long time I wanted to show pictures of this rather large Phaius, and thanks to Didik Y. Suharyanto I can share the beauty of this Phaius with you. Didik Y. Suharyanto studied horticulture at the University of Brawijaya in Indonesia and now runs his own orchid nursery. He specialized in terrestric orchids, and among them Phaius amboinensis (Bletia amboinenis) blooms.

Can grow to a height of up to 100 cm

Inflorescences arise from the stem and bear 10 or more flowers. Phaius amboinensis belongs to section Limatodes and resembles in its habitus to Phaius wenshanensis and Phaius tonkinensis.

The spur can be hardly detected on this flower. According to literature it may have a lenght of 4 mm.
Flowers are up to 5 cm across and are odourless.

According to the latest nomenclature changes Phaius amboinensis Blume should now be called Calanthe amboinensis (Blume) M.W.Chase, Christenh. & Schuit.

Please refer to M.W. Chase et al. 2020. Expansion of Calanthe to include the species of CephalantheropsisGastrorchis and Phaius (Collabieae; Orchidaceae). Phytotaxa 472 (2): 159-168

Gastrophaius Carlise Rechmann shows its beauty

Gastrophaius Carlise Rechmann
Phaius tankervilleae x Gastrorchis George Fleurié

We registered Gastrophaius Carlise Rechmann 1st of January 2019. As our growing conditions were not optimal this hybrid took its time to flower the first time. Just look at the faint pink that decorates the sepals and petals! This colour is a heritage of the parental Phaius tankervilleae:

Flower opens at day 2
Side view of Gastrophaius Carlise Rechmann

Are these pictures of Phaius lyonii?

Judi Stone and Phillip Cribb could not find any pictures of Phaius lyonii for their Lady Tankerville’s Legacy. Therefore, the drawing of Judi Stone is the only illustrated reference to this philippine species. Duke Rudolph published 2016 in Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines pictures of a Phaius from Mount Isarog, Luzon. These pictures could be the first traced photos of Phaius lyonii as they seem to fit to the original publication:

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Gastrophaius Jun Shiraishi

Gastrophaius Jun Shiraishi. Although the name is a synonym of Gastrophaius Queen Margrethe I stick to it as Gastrophaius Queen Margrethe is supposed to be a hybrid of Phaius tankervilleae and Gastrorchis humblotii var. schlechteri. Above shown plant is not a hybrid of Phaius tankervilleae though.

Side view of Gastrophaius Jun Shiraishi. The undulated margins of the lip is striking.

Sepals and petals show a greenish-yellow colouration on their backside.