Didymoplexiella siamensis (Rolfe ex Downie) Seidenf. 1972

Photo by David Kuehn

Full ShadeWarmSpring

Common Name The Thai Didymoplexiella - In China Mao Zhu Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam in shady areas of broad leaved forests at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm growing, mycoheterotrophic terrestrial orchid with an erect, 2.8 to 11.2" [7 to 28 cm] long, laxly 3 to 20 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 scalelike, brown sheaths and ovate floral bracts that blooms in the spring and carrying a few flowers in a group confined to the apex.

Synonyms Leucolaena siamensis Rolfe ex Downie 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as Leucolaena siamensis drawing good; *Botanisk Tidsserift 67: 76-127 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand IV Seidenfaden 1972; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;