Ascocentrum garayi E.A.Christenson 1992 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Garay's Ascocentrum [American Taxomonist current] - In Thailand - Phum suwan - Khem saet

Flower Size 1/2" [2cm]

Found in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam on trees in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an erect, stout stem enveloped by many persistent, distichous, leaf bases carrying distichous, ligulate, conduplicate leaves that are toothed apically and having an erect, conical, 4 to 10" [10 to 24 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence that blooms mostly in the spring.

Needs high humidity and wood slat basket culture with hot to warm temperatures and bright indirect light.

This species and A miniatum are very similar and more often than not this species is sold as A miniatum. The two differ in that this species has flowers with deep solid orange color and very elliptical petals and sepals as well as a straight lip, A miniatum on the other hand has clearer, more transparent orange flowers with more noticeable veining and the sepals and petals are much narrower and the lip is recurved.

Synonyms Ascocentrum miniatum var. garayi (Christenson) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Vanda garayi ( Christenson ) L.M.Gardiner 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as Ascocentrum miniatum, drawing photo not; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 6 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 2 1986 photo as A miniatum; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 4 1987 as A miniatum photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 as A miniatum not = A garayii drawing/photos fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 as A miniatum drawing fide; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as A miniatum photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 1 1997 photo as A miniatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 6 2000 photo as a miniatum; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 as Ascocentrum miniatum photo ok; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as A miniatum photo fide Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo as A miniatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 drawing; Flora's Orchid Nash & La Croix 2005; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as A miniatum photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok;

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