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Renanthera, abbreviated as Ren in horticultural trade, is a genus of large scrambling monopodial epiphytic and terrestrial species of orchid found in China, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and Melanesia.[2][3][4]

Renanthera coccinea (1830).jpg
Renanthera coccinea
1830 illustration[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
Subtribe: Aeridinae
Genus: Renanthera
Lour. (1790)
  • Nephranthera Hassk.
  • Renantherella Ridl.

Species in this genus produce a branched inflorescence containing numerous flowers ranging in color from yellow and orange to red. These flowers possess large lateral sepals.[4]


Species in this genus usually require an intermediate to hot climate with good air movement and generally bright light. Their scrambling style of growth means they are best grown on a hanging mount or basket. If they are grown in pots there must be excellent drainage.


  1. ^ William Jackson Hooker (1785—1865) del. - "Curtis's botanical magazine" vol. 57 (N. S. 4) pl. 2997
  2. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Rice, R. (2008). Renanthera of Borneo. Malesian Orchid Journal 1: 71-76.
  4. ^ a b Flora of China v 25 p 451, 火焰兰属 huo yan lan shu, Renanthera Loureiro, Fl. Cochinch. 2: 516, 521. 1790.

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