!Panisea demissa (D. Don) Pfitzer 1907

TYPE for the genus

Photo By Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Part shade CoolColdFall

Common Name The Humble Panisea - In China Ai Qu Chun Lan

Flower Size .4 to .45" [1 to 1.2 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, southern China and Vietnam at elevations of 1500 to 3300 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with close set, narrowly ovoid to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, plicate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, decurved, laxly 5 to 8 flowered, slender, 1.2 to 1.8" [3 to 4.5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that is basally sheathed and has ovate, acute membraneous, persistent floral bracts all arising on a new growth.

Synonyms Coelogyne parviflora Lindl. 1833; *Dendrobium demissum D. Don 1825; Panisea parviflora (Lindl.) Lindl. 1854; Panisea reflexa Lindl. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as P parviflora drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing not = Pan apiculata; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Botanisk Tidsskrift Bild 70 Hft 1 Contributions to the flora of Thailand VI Seidenfaden 1975; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide