Cheirostylis clibborndyeri S.Y.Hu & Barretto 1976

Photo by Liu Zhilong


Drawing by Leou Chong-Sheng and The E flora Website


Common Name Clibborn-Dyer's Cheirostylis [Orchid Enthusiast and Collector of type species current] - In China Cha Zhu Lan - Bride's Pool Caterpillar Orchid

Flower Size .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in Hong Kong China on damp mossy rocks in shade along the sides of swiftly flowing streams at elevations of 400 to 500 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing terrestrial, with a worm-like, fleshy, olive green, simple to branching, internoded stem carrying 3 to 4, crowded or well spaced, ovate, acute, sage greeen with a satin-like sheen variegated with a lighter green band along the mid-rib, marked with deeper green veins, round below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on a terminal, brownish green, 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long, 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence with cucullate, oblong, acute floral bracts

Synonyms Cheirostylis derchiensis S.S.Ying 1991; Cheirostylis hungyehensis T.P.Lin 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide