Collabium chinensis (Rolfe) T. Tang & F.T. Wang 1977 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved


Common Name or Meaning The Chinese Collabium - In China Wen Lan

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

This small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial is found in south Fujian, south Guangdong, south Guangxi, Hainan, southeastern Xizang, and southeastern Yunnan provinces of China, Hong Kong, Laos and Taiwan in dense forests or along valleys in damp rocky areas at elevations of 400 to 2000 meters with well spaced, petiole like, terete pseudobulb with a long tubular sheath and carrying a single, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, thickly chartaceous, undulate margins, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, basal, terminal, racemose, laxly 4 to 9 flowered inflorescence with large showy flowers.

Synonyms Collabiopsis chinensis (Rolfe) S.S.Ying 1990; Collabium balansae (Gagnep.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; *Nephelaphyllum chinense Rolfe 1896; Tainia balansae Gagnep. 1932; Tainia chinensis (Rolfe) Gagnep. 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 8 Van der Burgh & De Vogel 1997 drawing fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo plant only; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo ok;