Taeniophyllum pusillum (Willd.) Seidenf. & Ormerod 1995 SUBGENUS Liberosepalum SECTION Liberosepalum

Photo for sizePhoto by Jean Dunn and Orchids on line Australia

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Common Name The Small Taeniophyllum

Flower Size 1/4" [.85 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Java, Sumatra and Borneo in swampy primary montane forests on mangrove and coffee plants at elevations of 150 to 1600 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with creeping, radiating, flattened roots that blooms on a sessile, .4" [1 cm] long, fractiflex rachis, brown-green,covered with tuburcles many successively flowered inflorescence with two ranked, triangular, acute, very concave, warty floral bracts carrying thin, wide open flowers.

CAUTION Kew gives this name as a synonym of Chiloschista pusillum, I feel that there are 2 species here. This one is definitely a Taeniophyllum and the other is definitely a Chiloschista, I believe that Schlechter could not possibly have called this plant a Chiloschista as it is successively single flowered and the flower does not come even close to a Chiloschista in form.

I also feel that T obtusum may be misidentified but do not have the references to back it up so I have left them both up as separate species

Synonyms Taeniophyllum serrula Hook.f. 1890; Taeniophyllum vietnamense Tixier & Guillaumin 1962; Taeniophyllum zollingeri Rchb.f. 1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as T zollingeri drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as T zollingeri; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as T obtusum; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as T obtusum drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holtttum 1957 as T obtuseum drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as T obtusum drawing fide; Opera Botanica Vol 95 Seidenfaden 1988 as T obtusum drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as T obtusum; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990 as T obtusum drawing good; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 as T obtusum drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 as T obtusum; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as T obtusum; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 as T obtusum photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Wood & Beaman 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as T obtusum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 as T obtusum photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2009; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 AS T obtusum photo fide

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