Aphyllorchis montana Rchb.f. 1876

Photo by Peter O'Byrne


Photo by Kagerla and the Sisaket Football Club Website and blog

Another Flower as A prainii

As A unguiculata

Photos by David Kuehn

Full shadeWarmCool MIDSummer THROUGHFall

Common Name The Mountain Dwelling Aphyllorchis - In China Wu Ye Lan - The Yellow Ghost Orchid

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] wide

Found in eastern Himalayas, Assam, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Sikkim, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Japan, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Sumatra, Borneo, New Guinea and the Philippines on dry ridges in lowland, hill and lower montane, pine forests at elevations of 500 to 1700 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to cool growing, mycoheterotrophic, terrestrial orchid with a basally thick and fleshy, erect stem enveloped by several short sheaths, leafless when blooming, occuring in the mid summer through fall on a loosely many flowered, 12" [30 cm] tall, racemose inflorescence with oblong-ligulate, deflexed downwards to lie along the stem floral bracts ahd carrying wide open flowers.

Synonyms Apaturia montana [Rchb.f] Twaites 1864; Aphyllorchis benguetensis Ames 1908; Aphyllorchis borneensis Schltr. 1906; Aphyllorchis montana var. rotundatipetala (C.S.Leou, S.K.Yu & C.T.Lee) T.P.Lin 2016; Aphyllorchis prainii Hook. f. 1890; Aphyllorchis purpurea Fukuy. 1934; Aphyllorchis rotundatipetala C.S.Leou, S.K.Yu & C.T.Lee 2013; Aphyllorchis tanegashimensis Hayata 1911; Aphyllorchis unguiculata Rchb. f. ex C. Downie 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1894 as A prainii drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing good; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as A benguetensis drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as A prainii; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smtinand 1959 as A prainii; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smtinand 1959 as A unguiculata drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1964 corrections as A unguiculata; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as A unguiculata drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bild 70 Hft 1 Orchid Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand VI Seidenfaden 1975 drawing fide; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as Aphyllorchis montanan ; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as Aphyllorchis painii drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing good; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; The Orchids Of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of Borneo Wood, Shim & Lamb Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide, photo fide to A unguiculata; Turczaninowia 2011, 14(2) : 15100 Averyanov 2011 photo/drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide; Terrestrial Orchids Naresh Swami 2016 photo good; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;