Thrixspermum japonicum (Miq.) Rchb. f. 1878 SECTION Thrixspermum

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Ichiro "Haru" Ohsaka

Flower Closeup

Photos by Rogier van Vugt

Part shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Japan Thrixspermum - In China Xiao Ye Bai Dian Lan

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southern Japan, Korea?, and Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan, Sichuan provinces of China, Bhutan and Taiwan in forest margins along rivers and valleys at elevations of 900 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a pendulous, slender, densely many leaved stem carrying narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, leathery, obtuse and minutely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on an axillary, longer than the leaf, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, 2 flowered inflorescence with elongated, pointy, bracts.

Synonyms *Sarcochilus japonicus Miq. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #6 2010 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 Drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;