Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 20

RM 100

The Malesian Orchid Journal, a new twice-yearly publication, will publish scientific and semi-popular articles on the taxonomy, ecology and conservation of the native orchids of the Malesian—the area formerly known as the East Indies. Malesia traditionally comprises the Philippines, Sundaland (Malay Peninsula, Greater Sunda Islands (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi), Lesser Sunda Islands (e.g. Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Sumbawa, Flores, Timor), and Papuasia (Maluku, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago, but excluding Bougainville). Many of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are located in Malesia. The flora may be represented by as many as 30,000 flowering plants, including 6000 native orchid species in 200 genera. Approximately 3000 species are recorded from the island of New Guinea alone, while Mount Kinabalu on Borneo, an area of only about 1200 km2, has 850 taxa of orchids in 137 general.


  • Editorial
  • Kipandiorchis jiewhoei, an Exquisite New Miniature Orchid Species from Borneo by Peter O’Byrne and Linus Gokusing
  • Little-known, but Interesting—Notes on Miscellaneous Orchids from Borneo by Jeffrey J. Wood
  • Nabaluia exaltata, An Attractive and Little-known Species from Mount Murud, Sarawak by Jeffrey J. Wood
  • Notes on Borneo Orchids 4: New Species, New Records and Emendatory Notes by Peter O’Byrne and Linus Gokusing
  • Studies of Malesian Agrostophyllum Blume (Orchidaceae) by Paul Ormerod
  • New and Noteworthy Orchid Species from the Arfak Mountains, West Papua Province, Indonesia by André Schuiteman and Jimmy Frans Wanma
  • A Clarification of the Malleola dentifera-Robiquetia insectifera-R. vietnamensis Complex by Peter O’Byrne
  • An Updated Description of Spathoglottis hardingiana from Peninsular Malaysia by Ong Poh Teck and Farah Alia Nordin


The great botanical library at Kew is a humbling place. Here, the collected efforts, over centuries, of botanists, explorers, and writers on plants are solidified in myriads of journals and books, occupying kilometres of shelf space. The journals, most of them bound in annual volumes, always remind me of tree rings: the volumes count the years. Some survived for more than a century, and their sombre tomes (being often bound in dark leather) stretch over several metres, as impressive as an ancient oak tree. Other journals have been short-lived, like a sapling that prematurely died. Some just made it to a single issue. Some are dead, others are still alive.

Nowadays, many scientific journals mainly live in cyberspace. ePublication has become the norm. Readers expect to be able to get digital copies of articles they are interested in—for free. This climate is not favourable to a journal like the Malesian Orchid Journal, which is only available in printed form, and which is consequently expensive to produce. Therefore, if you like what you see in our journal, I urge you to support it by taking a subscription. In the ten years of its existence, the Malesian Orchid Journal has well outgrown the sapling stage, and it never had a shortage of high quality contributions. I hope we can continue for some time to come, at least until another jubilee—if we have to stop, it will be for lack of funding, not for a lack of interesting orchids to write about.

This present volume contains a nice cross-section of the Malesian orchid flora, ranging from continental Asia to Indonesian New Guinea, written, if I may say so, by some of the usual suspects.

Jeffrey Wood presents twelve rarely illustrated orchids from Borneo, and also contributes a paper on the rare and exquisite Nabaluia exaltata.

Next to Jeffrey Wood, Peter O’Byrne has been the most prolific contributor to this journal so far, and he is here represented with three papers, two co-authored by Linus Gokusing. They describe a new species of the quaint monopodial genus Kipandiorchis from Sabah, named after Tan Jiew Hoe (John Tan), who may be described as one of the greatest plant philanthropists of our time. In the fourth instalment on miscellaneous orchids from Borneo, O’Byrne & Gosuking present new species of Robiquetia and Stichorkis and new insights on species of Bulbophyllum, Cylindrolobus, Dendrobium, Mycaranthes, Oberonia and Pteroceras. Peter’s third paper, a solo effort, unravels the confused taxonomy of the Robiquetia vietnamensis alliance, with the description of a new species from Sabah and three new subspecies of R. vietnamensis.

Paul Ormerod is one of few people with expertise in the genus Agrostophyllum, which, although common in the wild, has never won the hearts of orchid amateurs. He describes four new species from Sarawak, Sulawesi and Seram, and clarifies the taxonomy of seven others.

Ong Poh Teck and Farah Alia Nordin present the unusual Spathoglottis hardingiana, in many ways the opposite of the almost weedy Spathoglottis plicata Blume.

I am pleased that my 2014 trip to the wonderful Arfak Mountains in Indonesian New Guinea has now left a trace in the literature in the form of a paper with Jimmy Frans Wanma in this volume. We describe a new species of Dendrobium sect. Calyptrochilus with strange, spiky flowers, and discuss and illustrate various poorly known orchids that I was privileged to encounter in the wild. To be continued, I hope—in more than one sense

André Schuiteman

Kew, 19 July 2017

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