Cheirostylis foliosa Aver. 2007

Plant TYPE Drawing Photo and type Drawing by Leonid V. Averyanov and Three New Speices of Orchids Hoa Lan Vietnam Website

Full shade Cool EARLIERFall

Common Name The Leafy Cheirostylis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in north Vietnam in broad-leaved evergreen dry forest on steep slopes and ridgetops at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing lithophyte with an erect stem carrying 2 to 4, narrowly ovate, acute, light green, sub succulent, glossy, sessile to subsessile leaves that blooms in the earlier fall on a terminal, erect, densely pubescent, 3.2 to 5.6" [8 to 14 cm] long, rachis .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescnece with 1 to 3 hyaline bracts and broadly ovate, acuminate, sparsely glandular ciliate along the margin floral bracts.

This species is similar to Ch. montana Blume, from which it differs in much smaller flowers, cristate glands in the hypochile and the small simple or hardly toothed epichile lobules


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Taiwania 52: 295 Leonid V. Averyanov 2007 photo/drawing fide