Panisea zeylanica (Hook.f.) Aver. 1988 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg

Part Shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Sri Lankan Painsea

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations around 1000 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with a creeping rhizome giving rise to obpyriform to ovoid, green, somewhat wrinkled pseudobullbs enveloped by basal sheaths that are soon evenescent leaving fibrous, reddish brown remnants and carrying 1 to 2, narrowly linear-lanceolate, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, basal, arising on an older pseudobulb, slender, 1 to 1.68" [2.5 to 3.7 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with brown floral bracts and carrying drooping, white flowers with 2 ocher spots on the middle of the lip.

Synonyms *Coelogyne zeylanica Hook.f. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide;