Gastrochilus inconspicuus (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Gastrochilus Photos by Jonojit Roy in India

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Common Name The Inconspicuous Gastrochilus

Flower Size .2" [6 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Assam, eastern Himalayas and Nepal at elevations of 200 to 700 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a terete, flexuous stem envelopd by red-brown leafless sheaths below and above carrying terete, straight to weakly curved, rugose-striate, dark green, sessile leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on various lateral, racemose, to .8" [2 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Cymbidium inconspicuum Wall. ex Hook.f. 1895; Luisia inconspicua (Hook.f.) King & Pantl. 1898; Luisia micrantha Hook.f. 1890; Luisiopsis inconspicua (Hook.f.) Sath.Kumar & P.C.S.Kumar 2005; *Saccolabium inconspicuum Hook.f. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Saccolabium inconspicuum drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Luisia inconspicua drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Luisia inconspicua; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 drawing good; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Saccolbium inconspicuum; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District, Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing ok; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Luisopsis inconspicuua drawing ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Luisia micrantha; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Luisiopsis inconspicuua photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014

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