Amesiella monticola cootes & d.p.banks

Epiphytic orchid only to 2.5 cm tall, 16 cm diameter across the leaves. Leaves linear to obovate, 9.5 cm long, 2.5 cm wide, unequally bilobed at their apices. Inflorescence up to three, each with up to five flowers about 6 cm across. Flowers pure white; pedicel pale green; dorsal sepal elliptic, concave, 2.5 x 1.8 cm, with ridge in the center; petals elliptic concave, 2.5 x 2.1 cm; lateral sepals elliptic, with ridge in the center, 2.9 x 2.1 cm. Labellum 3-lobed, side lobes semi-circular, 7 mm long x 5 mm high; mid-lobe semi-circular, appearing folded, 1 cm wide, 7 mm long. Nectary (lip spur) up to 11 cm long (measured from the tip of the mid-lobe), 2.5 mm in diameter.

Cootes, J. 2001. The Orchids of the Philippines. 231p. Times Editions, Singapore.
Pelser, P.B., J.F. Barcelona, & D.L. Nickrent (eds.). 2011 onwards. Orchidaceae. In: Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines.

Critically Endangered
Amesiella Monticola
  • Small plants, like Vanda, but miniature; stems not more than 10 cm tall (but plant parts may be longer)
  • Flowers white; lip spur longer, about 7 cm or longer
  • Flowers wider in diameter across the petals, to 6 cm, fragrant; higher elevation species (1800-2200 m)
  • Monopodial Orchids
  • Plants with monopodial growth, the stem of a single main axis growing indefinitely
  • Orchids (Orchidaceae)
  • Leaves with midrib not extended into tendril.
  • Plants without distinct pseudostem
  • Flowers specialized, with one petal developing into a labellum (lip) that is highly ornate and often differently colored, roots also specialized with velaman
  • Angiosperms
  • Plants producing true flowers and fruits for sexual reproduction