Actually, there are another 30 odd species in the genus, and
the following Trichoglottis species do well in North Queensland. There are basically
two types of Trichoglottis, one has thin pendulous stems with small flowers along the
stem and includes the Australian species, Trichoglottis australiensis and the occasionally
seen Trichoglottis latisepala which is also misidentified as T. rosea.
The second type are erect growing plants, much like Vandas etc, and listed below
are some of the species in cultivation. (Photo above left Trichoglottis ionosma.)
From the Philippines
Has 5cm heavy textured flowers of rich red purple,
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.
The pale yellow, brown form of brachiata, with flowers to 4 cm, pale yellow around the
edges, lip white.
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 luchuensis, all labelled Trichoglottis luzonense, a species which is quite different vegetively.
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.
A larger plant, with wider leaves and is slow growing. The
branched spikes carry numerous 4 cm flowers, yellow barred red brown, much like a
small Arachnis flower. Another non climber, basket culture used.
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
South East Asia
The following species come from South East Asia, all climbers requiring something to clamber up.
A smaller grower, has 2cm yellow green flowers with brown blotches, produced along the stem, the lip is white.
A very pretty species with 3 cm flowers, yellow with redbrown blotches, the lip is white and purple.
Grown locally for half a century, was 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.
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. They like plenty of water and benefit from regular
They mostly flower at different times, some are particularly fragrant and all
flower regularly, so there is in flower, usually, another Trichoglottis.