Ascocentrum ampullaceum [Lindley]Schlechter 1913 Photo by Jay Pfahl

PartialsunHot TO CoolSpring and Summer

Common Name Vein-like Ascocentrum [Lip Spur] - In Thailand Khao kae - Khem daeng - In China Niao She Lan

Flower Size 1/2" to 1 1/4" [1.5 to 2.5 cm]

A great, miniature sized, hot to cool growing, vandaceous plant, with short, simple, several leafed stems carrying suberect, distichous, ligulate, acutely bifid or truncate and apically toothed leaves that are keeled on the underside and grooved on the top that is a spring through summer bloomer on an axillary, 3 to 8" [8 to 20 cm] long, shorter than the leaves, compact inflorescence that have many small flowers, found in central China, western Himalayas, Assam India, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters in subtropical forests near rivers often on deciduous trees.

Hot to cool temperatures and high humidity as well as bright light are required. It likes wood slat basket culture and needs a slight drying out and cooling in the winter.

Synonyms *Aerides ampullaceum Lindley 1832; Gastrochilus ampullaceus O.Ktze. 1891; Oeceoclades ampullacea (Roxb.) Lindl. ex Voigt 1845; *Saccolabium ampullaceum Lindley 1828; Vanda ampullacea ( Roxb. ) L.M.Gardiner 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Saccolabium ampulleaceum; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Saccolabium ampullaceum drawing fide; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1982; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Saccolabium ampulleaceum drawing good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 6 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 2 1986 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 4 1987 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 9 1994 photo; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; A to z of SE Asian Orchid Species O'Byrne 2001; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Flora's Orchid Nash & La Croix 2005; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

Ascocentrum ampullaceum [Lindley]Schlechter Var. album 'Fuch's Snow'CHM/AOS Photo by Jay Pfahl, plant grown by Miramar Orchids

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 6 1998 photo;

Ascocentrum ampullaceum [Lindley]Schlechter Var. aurantiacum Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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