Chiloschista lunifera [Rchb.f]J.J. Sm. 1905 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Gerardus Staal

Plant with Incidental leaves Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

FragrancePart sun HotWarmFall or Winter

Common Name The Moon Chilochista - In Thailand - Phraya rai bai

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

A small, leafless, hot to warm growing epiphyte found in the easten Himalayas, India, Assam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos at elevations of 150 to 600 meters with gray roots and an occasional small, deciduous leaf that blooms in the fall or winter on an erect, pubescent 3 to 12" [7 to 30 cm] long raceme arising from the mass of gray green roots with up to 20 fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Chiloschista indica J.J. Sm. 1913; Chiloschista lunifera J.J. Sm 1905; Sarcochilus luniferus (Rchb. f.) Benth. ex Hook. f. 1889; *Thrixspermum luniferum Rchb. f. 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as Sarcochilus luniferus; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Sarcochilus luniferus drawing ok; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 in error, actually C javanica; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Sarcochilus luniferus; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Sarcochilus luniferus drawing hmm; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing, photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Minature Orchids Northen 1980; Die Orchideen lieferung 22 Schlechter/Brieger 1989; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb 7 Laurent 1992; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 as C. javanica; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo good; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001; Orchid Flora Of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing ok; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005;Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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