Cheirostylis octodactyla Ames 1907

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Common Name or Meaning The Eight Fingered Cheirostylis - In China Yu Chun Cha Zhu Lan

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan in damp areas of forests at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an ascending pale reddish brown, fleshy stem carrying 3 to 6, scattered along the stem, abaxially pale green, adaxially green, ovate to elliptic or sometimes orbicular-cordate, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, short to less than .4" [1 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence enveloped below by leaf bases and not visible above the stem apex with pale green, ovate, shorter than the ovary, acuminate apically floral bracts.

This species and C pingbianensis are obviously related if not conspecific, more research needs to be done, if so then this species takes precedence.

Synonyms Cheirostylis inabae Hayata 1914; Cheirostylis oligantha Masam. & Fukuy. 1940

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing fide; Turczaninowia 2011, 14(2) : 15100 Averyanov 2011