Didymoplexis micradenia (Rchb.f.) Hemsl. 1883

Seed pod and plant in situ

Photos by J.J.Merry

Common Name The ? Didymoplexis - In China Xiao Shuang Chun Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [7 mm]

Found in Java, Moluccas, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, northern and central Taiwan, Fiji, Niue, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futna, the Carolinas and the Marianas in wet rain forest, Bamboo plantations and in seasonally drought forests at elevations of 100 to 300 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, hot growing, mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a pale brown, fusiform to moniliform rhizome giving rise to a pale brown to whitish stem that blooms in the spring on an erect, 2.4 to 12" [6 to 30 cm] long, rachis .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, 8 to 15 flowered inflorescence with ovate floral bracts and carrying flowers that do not open well.

Synonyms Didymoplexis fimbriata Schltr. 1921; Didymoplexis minor subsp. samoensis H.Fleischm. & Rech. 1910; Didymoplexis minor var. amboinensis J.J.Sm. 1917; Didymoplexis minor var. salmonea J.J.Sm. 1930; Didymoplexis neocaledonica Schltr. 1906; Didymoplexis papuana Schltr. 1911; Didymoplexis samoensis (H.Fleischm. & Rech.) Schltr. 1910; *Epiphanes micradenia Rchb.f. 1868; Leucorchis micradenia (Rchb.f.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex Drake 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as D papuana Drawing fide; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 as D minor drawing fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Orchids of Samoa Whistler & Cribb 1996 drawing/photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Turczaninowia 2011, 14(2) : 15100 Averyanov 2011 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;