Collabium delavayi (Gagnep.) Seidenf. 1983 publ. 1984 Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Warm Spring Fall

Common Name or Meaning Delavay's Collabium [French missionary and plant collector late 1800's - early 1900's]

Flower Size .52 to .66" [1.3 to 1.65 cm]

Found in southern China in primary forests along streams, in ravines and on rocks at elevations of 700 to 750 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing terrestrial or lithophyte with a creeping, non-branching rhizome giving rise to alternately 1 to 3, somewhat angular, somewhat tapering at the apex pseudobulbs carrying a single ovate-oblong, 5 nerved, prominent beneath, acute to acuminate, attenuate to semi-orbicular basally, petiolate base leaf and the flowering one, cylindrical, arising in the spring and fall on an erect, peduncle 5.2 to 6.8" [13 to 17 cm] long, rachis somewhat angular, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence with patent, ovate-oblong, acute floral bracts and carrying flowers that mostly open at the same time.

Synonyms Chrysoglossum delavayi (Gagnep.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Collabiopsis delavayi (Gagnep.) S.S.Ying 1990; *Tainia delavayi Gagnep. 1932

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

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