Robiquetia Gaudich.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Asia to W. Pacific.


Robiquetia comprises 70 species collectively distributed from Sri Lanka, India, and the Himalayan region through Malaysia and Indonesia to the Philippines, northern Australia, New Guinea, and the Pacific islands, east to Fiji and Tonga, with a few species extending to Indochina and China. The centre of distribution lies in the Malay Archipelago.


All species are epiphytes in wet evergreen and other forests at 0–2000 m.

General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Stem usually elongate, simple or sometimes branching, spreading or pendent, leafy. Leaves few to many, distichous, oblong to elliptic, obtusely or acutely unequally bilobed, coriaceous, deciduous, articulated to a sheathing base, sheaths (and occasionally blades) sometimes speckled purple. Inflorescences lateral at nodes, perforating leaf-sheaths, racemose or (less often) paniculate, many-flowered, usually pendent. Flowers resupinate, quaquaversal. Sepals and petals free, similar, dorsal sepal arched over column, lateral sepals spreading. Petals usually slightly smaller than sepals. Labellum rigidly adnate to column, trilobed, spurred, side lobes joined to column at posterior margin, often thickened anteriorly within, ascending, midlobe porrect, incurved, or recurved, linear or attenuate, basal portion concave, gradually becoming more fleshy and convex distally, subacute to acuminate, sometimes furcate; spur apical, frequently retrorse, often curved, cylindric, inflated, frequently slightly to moderately constricted near middle, obtuse, with or without interior callosities or scales on front or back wall. Column without a foot; anther terminal, operculate, prominently rostrate, pollinia two or rarely four, when four in two unequal pairs, when two entire or partially cleft, solid, waxy, subglobose, commonly reclining on rostellum into clinandrium, stipe linear, spatulate, often uncinate, longer than pollinia, viscidium variable in size; stigma transverse, deeply recessed; rostellum bifid after removal of pollinarium.


No uses have been reported for Robiquetia; it is occasionally cultivated.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, Caroline Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Fiji, Hainan, India, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland, Samoa, Santa Cruz Is., Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Thailand, Tibet, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is.

Robiquetia Gaudich. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Borneo Malleola 32356.000 No
Lim, Thailand Malleola 33231.000 No
Lohok, H. [11], Malaysia Malleola 56548.000 No

First published in Voy. Uranie: 426 (1829)

Accepted by

  • Chase, M.W., Cameron, K.M., Freudenstein, J.V., Pridgeon, A.M., Salazar, G., van den Berg, C. & Schuiteman, A. (2015). An updated classification of Orchidaceae Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 117: 151-174.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • O'Bryne, P. (2020). Flora of Peninsular Malaysia - A revision of Robiquetia (Orchidaceae: Aeridinae) Malesian Orchid Journal 24: 5-38.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

  • Aeridinae:

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