Luisia hancockii Rolfe 1896

Photo by China Plants and China Plants Website

Part shade Warm cool Summer

Common Name Hancock's Luisia - In China Xian Ye Chai Zi Gu

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zhejiang, Fujian and western Hubei China on rocks and on cliffs along valleys or on tree trunks in sparse woods at elevations of 200 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing lithophyte or epiphyte with tufted, suberect, rigid, terete stems carrying several to many, terete, fleshy, 2 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long, amplexicaul and clsping base leaves that blooms in the spring on an, opposite of the leaves, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, racemose, usually 2 to 3 flowered and carrying flashy flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;