Arachnanthe bella (Rchb.f.) C.H.Wright & Dewar 1894 Photo courtesy of David Jubineau Copyright

Common Name The Beautiful Arachnanthe - In China Kou Gai Hua Zhi Zhu Lan

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southeastern Xizang, and southern Yunnan provinces of China, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand on tree trunks in open forests at elevations of 1700 to 1800 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a stout, rigid stem carrying many, sparsely distichous, narrowly oblong, leathery, obtuse, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on often 2 to 3, axillary, ascending, racemose, 5 to 7.2" [12.5 to 18 cm] long, sparsely 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 6, tubular sheaths and broadly ovate floral bracts

CAUTION To the best of my knowledge this determination is correct but all references are very convoluted for this species and A clarkei and I am at a loss to figure out which is which. In fact for years A bella has been considered to be a synonym of A clarkei but if you look at the pictures of both species you can see that they are quite different.

Synonyms Arachnis bella (Rchb.f.) J.J.Sm.1912; *Esmeralda bella Rchb.f. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;