Allen Rolfe, 1897
Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon,
Gulf of Guinea Islands, S Nigeria
Minimum - Medium
White / Purple
thomsoniana, Pfitzer, 1888.
Pachystoma thomsonianum, Rchb.f.
This member of the Orchidaceae family was
given this name by Robert Allen Rolfe in 1897. It is found in the
trees of Cameroon, Central
African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea
Islands and southern Nigeria, growing in
hot and damp conditions with lots of water and little to some sun. The pseudobulbs can grow to three centimetres, the plant up to 20 centimetres high
and 25 with the white and purple flowers.
The genera name is from the
Greek words ankistron; 'hook' and cheilos 'lip', referring to the
form of the lip of the flower. The species is named after the
British doctor; T. Thomson.