Rhynchostylis retusa

Rhynchostylis retusa

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
SubTribe: Aeridinae
Genus: Rhynchostylis
Species: Rhy. retusa
Binomial name
Rhynchostylis retusa
[L.]Blume 1825

Rhynchostylis retusa is an species in the genus Rhynchostylis.


Plant blooms from winter to spring with many 2 cm wide flowers. Flowers are fragrant.


Plants are found growing in the lowland forest of the Himalayas, Assam, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Western Himalayas, Andaman Islands, Myanamar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, and the Philippines at elevations of 0 to 1200 meters.


Plants are best grown hanged in baskets and on mounted and require moderate sun light and warm temperatures. If hunged the roots must be watered frequently. Plants should be grown in media that is well drained such as tree fern fibers (for small plants), medium fir bark, or sphagnum moss.


Rhynchostylis retusa var alba Rhynchostylis retusa var. alba Sepals, petals, and lip are white.


Common Names: The Blunt Rhynchostylis


  1. Aerides guttatum Roxb. 1832
  2. Aerides retusum [L.] Sw. 1799
  3. Aerides spicatum D. Don 1825
  4. Aerides undulatum Sm. 1819
  5. Anota violacea (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1914
  6. Epidendrum hippium Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don 1825
  7. Epidendrum indicum Poir. 1810
  8. *Epidendrum retusum L. 1753
  9. Gastrochilus blumei (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891
  10. Gastrochilus garwalicus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891
  11. Gastrochilus retusus (L.) Kuntze 1891
  12. Gastrochilus rheedei (Wight) Kuntze 1891
  13. Gastrochilus spicatus (D.Don) Kuntze 1891
  14. Gastrochilus violaceus (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891
  15. Limodorum retusum Sw. 1799
  16. Orchis lanigera Blanco 1837
  17. Rhynchostylis garwalica Rchb.f. 1864
  18. Rhynchostylis gurwalica Rchb.f. 1864
  19. Rhynchostylis guttata Rchb.f 1854
  20. Rhynchostylis violacea Rchb.f. 1854
  21. Sarcanthus guttatus Lindl. 1831
  22. Saccolabium blumei Lindley 1841
  23. Saccolabium garwalicum Lindley 1859
  24. Saccolabium guttatum Lindley 1828
  25. Saccolabium heathii Hort. 1885
  26. Saccolabium macrostachyum Lindl. 1841
  27. Saccolabium retusum Voight 1845
  28. Saccolabium rheedii Wight 1852
  29. Saccolabium spicatum (D.Don) Lindl. 1833
  30. Saccolabium violaceum Rchb.f. 1854

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