Kingidium - P.F.Hunt
An Indo-Malesian genus of about 12 species of epiphytic orchids, Kingidium is presented in India by five species. Three species are found in Kerala . Christenson (2001) treats this under Phalaenopsis .
1. Kingidium deliciosum (Rchb.f. ) Sweet .Ames . Orch. Soc. Bull . 39 : 1095. 1970 ; Seidenfaden 1988: 183.phalaenopsis deliciosa Rchb.f., Bonplandia 2: 93 . 1854; Christenson 1986 : 168 & 2001 : 220
P. wightii Rchb.f., Bot. Zeit . 20: 214. 1862.
Doritis wightii (Rchb.f.) Benth . 7 J.D. Hook ., gen. Pl. 3: 574. 1883; J.D. Hook . 1890 :32.
Phalaenopsis decumbens sensu Saldanha in Saldanha & Nicolson 1976: 842; Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 464, non (Griff.) Holtt.
Originally described based on Zollinger's collection from Java.
Occurrence: Trivandrum ,Quilon , Kottayam , Thrissur and Wayanad Districts .
Distribution : Indo-Malesia .
2. Kingidium mysorense (Saldanda ) Satish in Satish Kumar & Manilal ,Cat. Ind. Orch. 95 . 1994 . Phalaenopsis mysorensis Saldanha , Ind. For. 100: 571. T. 3. 1974; Saldanha in Saldanha & Nicolson 1976: 842; Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 464; Christenson 2001: 223.
Originally described by Saldanha based on his collection from Vanagur, Hassan District, karnataka .
Occurrence : Thrissur , Palghat and Wayanad Districts.
Distribution : Regional Endemic (Kerala , Karnataka [type]).
3. Kingidium niveum Sathish in Sathish Kumar& Manilal , Cat. Ind. Orch. 53. 1994.
This was described based on collections from Palghat. Christenson (2001) synonimises this under Phalaenopsis mysorensis . We would like to retain it for the time being .
Occurrence: Trivandrum , Thrissur and palghat Districts.
Distribution: Local Endemic (Kerala ).
Orchid Kerala India - Conceived, Crafted and Cared for by Jithin & Sinu.