Robiquetia - Gaudichaud-Beaupre
An Indo-Malesian genus of about 40 species of epiphytic orchids, Robiquetia is represented in India by four species . T hree species .Three species are found here .
1. Robiquetia gracilis (Lindl) garay , bot. Mus . Leaf . harv . Univ. 23 (4) : 197 . 1972 ; Jayaweera in Dassanayke & Fosberg 1981 : 251.
Saccolabium gracile Lindl., Gen . Sp. Orch. Orch. 225 .1833. ; J.D. Hook . 18909 : 57 ; Fischer in Gamble 1928 : 1446.
Malleola Gracilis (Lindl) Schltr., Feddes Repert . 1 : 981 . 1913 ; Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 347 .
Originally described by Lindley based on Macrae's collection from Sri Lanka , this was transferred to Robiquetia by Garay .
Occurrence : Trivandrum and Palghat Districts.
Distribution : South India (Kerala , Tamil Nadu ) and Sri Lanka .
2. Robiquetia josephiana Manilal & Sathish , Orch. Rev. 92 (1091) : 293 . 1984 ; Joseph 1987 : 167 .
Saccolabium roseum auct . non Lindl. : Joseph 1962 : 297 .
Malleola rosea auct.non (Lindl ) Schltr.: Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 494 : Joseph 1982 : 125.
Our specimens were gathered from Silent Valley in Kerala. In this species inflorescence is longer than the leaves .
Occurrence : Trivandrum , Idukki and Palghat Districts.
Distribution : Regional Endemic (Kerala [type], Tamil Nadu) .
3. Robiquetia aff. virescens (Gard. ex Lindl.)Jayaweera in Dassanayake & Fosberg, Rev. Fl. Ceylon 2: 255. 1981.
A seemingly allied species of the former , most probably referable to Robiquetia virescens was collected many times from the High Ranges . Our study is inconclusive .
Occurrence : Idukki District.
Distribution : South India (Kerala ) and Sri Lanka .
Orchid Kerala India - Conceived, Crafted and Cared for by Jithin & Sinu.