Thrixspermum pygmaeum (King & Pantl.) Holttum 1960 SECTION Thrixspermum

Photo by Khyanjeet Gogoi The Bioscience Discovery Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name The Pygmy Thrixspermum

Flower Size .33" [.65 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Nepal and Vietnam in mixed deciduous and humid evergreen forets at elevations around 900 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short, leafy stem carrying 2 to 3, fleshy, linear-oblong, acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, glabrous, peduncle to .75" [1.8 cm] long, minutely bracteate, rachis to .75" [1.8 cm] long, as long as the leaves, successively 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to Thrixspermum musciflorum but differs it in the longer than the leaf inflorescence, the short lateral lobes of the lip and the rounded, tongue-like lip callus

Synonyms *Sarcochilus pygmaeus King & Pantl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchids of the Sikkim Himalaya King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Bioscience Discovery 3(2): 207-213, June Khyanjeet Gogoi, R. L. Borah, G. C. Sharma and Rajendra Yonzone 2012 Photo fide