Zeuxine clandestina Bl. 1858 Photo by David Kuehn


Common Name The Hidden Zuexine [refers to the ?]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Assam, Arunchal Pradesh and Kerala India, Thailand, penninsular Malaysia and Java at elevations of 80 to 700 meters in lowland rubber estates and in open places as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial orchid with 6, lanceolate, shiny green, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the very short, stalked leaves that blooms in the early spring on a slender, pubescent, 2 to 3 bracted, 10" [25 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with successive opening flowers.

This terrestrial grass-loving orchid is reported in India to be leafless at the time of flowering but as you can see from the Thai photo above there it blooms with the leaves.

Synonyms Monochilus clandestinus (Blume) Miq. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing not = Z pseudogracilis; Orchids of penninsular Malaysia and Singapore, Woods & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing ok; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchid Flora Of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing fide; The Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2018, pp. 269277 Ormerod 2018 Drawing fide