Chrysoglossum assamicum Hook.f. 1890 Drawing by Hooker Icones 21 1890

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Common Name The Assam Chrysoglossum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Assam, Guanzi China, Thailand and Vietnam as a medium sized terrestrial with alternating, 1 bearing a leaf and the next an inflorescence, cylindrical, somewhat tapering, slender pseudobulbs enveloped completely by imbricate, tubular, acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below in to the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a terminal, erect, terete, to 24" [to 60 cm] long, 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence with patent, narrowly triangular, acute, apiculate, three nerved bracts

Differs from C ornatum by this one having flowers that are 1/2 the size with short pedicels, a spurred mentum, a narrower lip with a shorter not-recurved side lobes and a larger midlobe. The lammelae of the disc are nearly alike but in this one the auricles on the sides of the column are larger, the pollina are subglobose and cohere by their flattened bases.

Synonyms Chrysoglossum sinense Mansf. 1930; Collabiopsis assamica (Hook.f.) S.S.Ying 1990; Collabium assamicum (Hook.f.) Seidenf. 1983 publ. 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones 21 Hooker 1891 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 8 Van der Burgh & De Vogel 1997 drawing fide