Tropidia somae Hayata 1916

Plant and Flowers in situ Taiwan Photos by Copyright Mingiweng and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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Common Name The Soma Tropidia -In China Tai Wan Zhu Jing Lan

Flower Size .64" [1.6 cm]

Found in Taiwan and the southern Ryukyu Islands at low elevations as a small sized, hot growing terresrial with an ascending rhizome giving rise to an unbbranched to 1 to 2 branched stem provided with many sheaths carrying 1 to 2, apical, ovate to cordate, 7 to 13 veined, acute, rounded below into the base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, terminal, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 78 cm] long, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, as long as to slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms *Ptychochilus septemnervis Schauer 1843; Tropidia minor Ames 1908

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;

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