Taeniophyllum phitamii Aver. 2015

TYPE Drawing Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Leonid Averyanov and The Vietnam Plant Data Center Website

Part shade Cool LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name Phi Tam's Taeniophyllum [Vietnamese Orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of orchid current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Vietnam in submontane broad­leaved evergreen forests on granite at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with roots giving rise in the late winter and early spring to a .4" [1 cm] long, successively few, many flowered inflorescence.

Note by Averyanov "This species may be close to T. rubrum Ridley (1896: 364) known from Kalimantan and Malacca Peninsula, having similar reddish inflorescence, floral bracts and flowers. Meanwhile, the new taxon differs in having much smaller, bright red, hardly opening flowers, many flowered inflorescences, a densely glandular verruculose rachis, floral bract and ovary, as well as containing fleshy, keeled, acute sepals and petals. Discovered species is a lone red- flowering member of the genus in mainland Asia. It was found in association with Chiloschista exuperi (Guillaumin 1957: 346) Garay (1972: 166), another endemic of southern Indochina.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytotaxa 238 (2): 136-148 Averyanov drawing fide;