This unusual shaped flower is quite varied to the generally accepted form of orchids which makes it different. It is a warm grower as it comes from the tropical regions of Sumatra and New Guinea and likes to be kept quite moist.
The large hooded dorsal sepal tends to cover the tiny labellum and petals, the ventral sepals twist below from the centre of the flower. Although the flower looks somewhat ungainly it is unique and interesting.
The plant prefers somewhat shaded conditions and does not seem to have a resting period. The flower has an unusual scent which some people do not enjoy.
Photo courtesy Petrens Orchids.