Tainia hookeriana King & Pantl. 1895 Photo by Lourens Grobler

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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 winter on an erect, basal, from an older pseudobulb, racemose, to 40" [1 m] long, laxly several to many [5 to 25] flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers.

Mant sources put this orchid as a synonym of T penangiana but if this determination is correct then there are differnces 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; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing of lip; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 as Ania hookeriana; Orchid Monographs Vol 6 Seidenfaden 1992 as synonym of T penangiana; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide;

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