Odontochilus elwesii C.B.Clarke ex Hook.f. 1890

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Common Name Elwes' Odontochilus [English Plant Collector in South Asia, India and South America 1800's] - In China Xi Nan Chi Chun Lan - In Thailand Nok khum phu

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan in damp locations within evergreen broad-leaved hill forests, bamboo forests and valleys at elevations of 300 to 1600 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with stout, glabrous, decumbent at the base stems carrying 4 to 7, ovate, acute, 3 veined, hyaline margined, brown, expanded at the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, racemose, glandular-pubescent, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with distant, lanceolate, acuminate sheaths and ovate, much shorter than the ovary, outer surface pubescent, mucronate apically floral bracts

Synonyms Anoectochilus daoensis Gagnep. 1951; Anoectochilus elwesii (C.B.Clarke ex Hook.f.) King & Pantl. 1898; Anoectochilus purpureus (C.S.Leou) S.S.Ying 1996; Cystopus elwesii (C.B.Clarke ex Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Odontochilus purpureus C.S.Leou 1992

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Hooker Icones Plantarum Vol 22 1893 as Odontochilus elwesii drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Anoectochilus elwesii drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Odontochilus elwesii; Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959 as Anoectochilus elwesii; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959 as Cystopus sp pg 79, fig 59 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 2 1962 photo ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Botanisk Tidsskrift Bind 66 Hefte 4 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand III Seidenfaden 1971 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257 - 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide to the first photo; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994 as A daoensis; Orchids Of Bhuthan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Odontochilus elwesii; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Odontochilus elwesii photos fide; A review on Spiranthoideae genera in Arunachal Pradesh Bulletin of Arunachal Forest Research 27 (1&2) : 1-33, Rao 2011 photo fideFlora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 as Odontochilus elwesii drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide