Gastrochilus japonicus (Makino) Schltr. 1913 SECTION Gastrochilus Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt


Common Name The Yellow Pine Orchid - The Japan Gastrochilus - In Japan - Kashi-noki-ran - In China Huang Song Pen Ju Lan

Flower Size 3/8" to 4/5" [to 2 cm]

Found as a miniature, warm to cold growing epiphyte in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan in mountainous regions at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters on the branches of pines and broad leafed trees as well as tree trunks, with a short stem enveloped by imbricating leaf bases and carrying fleshy, linear-oblong, somewhat falcate, acute, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on axillary, hanging, shorter than the leaves, densely several to many [2 to 7] flowered inflorescence.

Mounting on tree fern, wood branch or cork plus providing semi-shade, cold to cool temperatures, and ample water year round will make this cute miniature species happy.

Synonyms Gastrochilus holttumianus S.Y.Hu & Barretto 1976; Gastrochilus taiwanianus S.S.Ying 1977 ; *Saccolabium japonicum Makino 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 9 1985 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing hmm/ photo ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 as G holttumianus; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawings ok; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Spceies Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 photos fide