Anoectochilus nandanensis Y.Feng Huang & X.C.Qu 2015

Photos by Xin-Cheng Qu , Yun-Feng Huang , Hui-Zhe Feng and Ren-Chuan Hu courtesy of Anoectochilus nandanensis sp. nov. (Orchidaceae) from northern Guangxi, China Xin-Cheng Qu , Yun-Feng Huang , Hui-Zhe Feng and Ren-Chuan Hu 2015

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Common Name The Nandan Anoectochilus [A county of Guangxi province of China]

Flower Size .72" [1.8 cm]

Found in Guangxi province of China in dense limestone evergreen broad-leaved forest at elevations around 750 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing terrestrial with an elongate, creeping, fleshy rhizome giving rise to an ascending, glabrous stem carrying 3 to 4, abaxially purplish red, adaxailly blackish green with golden red venation, ovate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, peduncle pale brownish red, provided with 2 to 3, pale browish red pubescent bracts, 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long overall, rachis 1" [2.5 cm] long, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with pale purplish red, lanceolate, outer surface pubescent, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts

Anoectochilus nandanensis is only found at Lihu Town in Nandan County, and the size of the population is very small. In addition, this species has been collected as a Chinese traditional medicine, a practice that may threaten the population.

A nandanensis is similar to A. emeiensis K. Y. Lang in habit, but distinguished by the size of the plant, leaves and lateral sepals, as well as the flanges of the mesochile.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Anoectochilus nandanensis sp. nov. (Orchidaceae) from northern Guangxi, China Xin-Cheng Qu , Yun-Feng Huang , Hui-Zhe Feng and Ren-Chuan Hu 2015 Drawing/photo fide

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