Dickasonia vernicosa L.O. Williams 1941

Photo by Eric Hunt

Flower and Plant

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

FragrancePart shadeWarmCoolSpring

Common Name The Varnished Dickasonia

Flower Size .4" to .5" [1 to 1.3 cm]

Found in Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Bhutan and Myanamar at elevations of 1700-2500 meters and is a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte. The pseudobulbs are small, smooth and round and carry a single, apical lanceolate to lanceolate-elliptic, acute, membraneous, 5 to 7 veined, plicate leaf that blooms in the spring on a pendant, 1.8 to 4" [4.5 to 10 cm] long, few to several flowered, racemose inflorescence arises from the base of the mature pseudobulb and the flowers have a slightly musky smell and have 4 pollina. This plant and Kalimpongia narajitii are both considered to be the same species if so then Dickasonia vernicosa takes precedence and Kalimpongia narajiti is a synonym.

Synonyms Kalimpongia narajitii Pradhan 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger, Senghas 1985 photo good; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;