Native: there are about 45 species in diverse habitats in India, Philippines, SE Asia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Borneo, and Cape York Peninsula in Australia
Type: terrestrial; found in seasonally inundated and moist areas, in sunny areas near swamps, seepages, and small streams
Size: plants are 20 to 24 cm high, clustered, with inflorescences reaching 10 to 15 cm higher
Flowering: flowers throughout the year, often almost ever-blooming; there are both insect-pollinated and self-pollinating species in the genus
Colors: lilac, rose-colored, purple or golden yellow with a yellow callus; labellum is sometimes magenta-spotted medially
Flowering stem: the inflorescence arises among sheaths from a recently matured pseudobulb
Growth pattern: sympodial
Pseudobulb: these evergreen plants have crowded pseudobulbs just below the surface of the ground
Roots: roots need rich, moist soil but with good drainage
Known for: common name is Palm Leaf Orchid; easy to cultivate and sought after for their large colorful flowers
History: Carl Ludwig Blume discovered this species in the East Indies. When he described it in 1825, he included a note that it is "found in woody places."

The 3-lobed labellum projects forward with an extended midlobe which allows insects to land. Both sepals and petals are broad and the sepals are hairy on the outside.