!Cryptochilus sanguineus Wall.

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Rudi Hromniak and his and his Orchid Webpage

Different Inflorescence arrangement Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full shade Cool ColdLATESpringEARLYSummer

Common Name The Blood-Red Cryptochilus - In China Hong Hua Su Bao Lan

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand to southern China in broad-leafed forests on mossy trees at elevations of 1800 to 2300 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with egg-shaped pseudobulbs enveloped basally by sheaths and carrying 1 to 3, coriaceous, oblong to elliptic, drooping, acute, bright green leaves and blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect to lateral, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence carrying floral bracts that are shorter than the externally pubescent flowers which are drooping and all held to one side.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;

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