Tainia hookeriana King & Pantl. 1895

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Hooker's Tainia [English botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4 cm]

Found in India, Sikkim, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam in tropical semi-evergreen forests in shady locations with rocky substrates or in soils dampened by mists and splash along steep watercourses at elevations of 500 to 1113 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial herb with ovoid, grey-green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, fleshy, slender petiolate, plicate, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, basal, from an older pseudobulb, racemose, 14 to to 40" [35 to 100 cm] long, laxly several to many [5 to 25] flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers.

Many sources put this orchid as a synonym of T penangiana but if this determination is correct then there are differences in the calli on the lip.

Synonyms Ania hookeriana (King & Pantl.) Tang & Wang 1939; Ascotainia hookeriana [King & Pantl.] Ridley 1907; Ascotainia siamensis Rolfe ex Downie 1925; Tainia siamensis (Rolfe ex Downie) Seidenf. & Smitinand 1959

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as Tainia siamensis and T latilingua drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing of lip ok; The Orchids of Thailand Seidefaden & Smitnand 1965 corrections lip drawing ok; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 as Ania hookeriana; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 as Ania hookeriana; Orchid Monographs Vol 6 Seidenfaden 1992 as synonym of T penangiana; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Ania hookeriana; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing/photo fide;