Luisia brachystachys (Lindl.) Blume 1849 Photo courtesy of Timothy Choltco

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Common Name The Short-Inflorescence Luisia - In China Xiao Hua Chai Zi Gu

Flower Size 1/4 to .4" [7 to 10 mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas to southern Yunnan Province, China and Assam India, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, western Himalayas, Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in forests along valleys on tree trunks at elevations of 200 to 1900 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, woody stem carrying a few terete, straight to curved, jointed leaves that blooms in the spring on a sessile, .4" [1 cm] long, few [5] flowered inflorescence that arise in an open umbel held very close to the stem and leaf axil.

Synonyms Luisia indivisa King & Pantl. 1898; Luisia siamensis Rolfe ex Downie 1925; *Mesoclastes brachystachys Lindl. 1830

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Louisia brachystachys; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 Luisia indivisa drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as L siamensis drawing, photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 Drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok

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