Thrixspermum saruwatarii (Hayata) Schltr. 1919

Photo by Jin Xiaohua

Full shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name Saruwatar's Thrixspermum - In China Chang Zhou Dian Lan

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Fujian and and Hunan provinces of China as well as central and southern Taiwan in forests on tree trunks at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect to ascending stem carrying nearly basal, narrowly oblong to linear-oblanceolate, leathery, acute, sometimes unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring on a usually pendulous, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with the rachis being slightly flexuous and thickened and has non-distichous, ovate-triangular, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms *Sarcochilus saruwatarii Hayata 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;