Cheirostylis chuxiongensis J.D. Ya 2021 - A. Plant; B. Rhizome; C. Inflorescence; D. Flower (front view); E. Flower (lateral view); F. Flower (dorsal view); G. Sepals; H. Petals; I & J. Column and labellum; K. Labellum; L & M. Calli; N. Column; O. Pollinarium; P. Anther cap.

LCDP Photo by Ji Dong Ya

Common Name The Chuxiong Cheirostylis [Chuxiong Prefecture and area of the province of Yunnan China]

Flower Size .2"[5 mm]

Found in Yunnan province of China in coniferous forests at elevations around 1000 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a moniliform rhizome giving rise to a short, pale green stem carrying normally 3, congested, ovate to oblong-ovate, often absent or withering at blooming, green, membraneous, acute apically, subrounded below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on an erect, peduncle 3.[7.7 to 13.5 cm] long, provided with 2 sterile bracts, rachis .12 to .2" [.3 to .5 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with ovate, concave, shorter than the ovary, abaxially villous, acuminate floral bracts.

"C. chuxiongensis is similar to C. thailandica Seidenf. in floral morphology, but differs by having 5 to 9 irregular and papillae-like calli on each side in the sac of the lip (vs. 2 comb-like calli), epichile with entire lobes (vs. lobes apical irregularly denticulate to wavy), petals narrowly obliquely obovate and an apex that is not recurved (vs. suboblong and apex recurved)." Ji-Dong Ya etal 2021


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *New contributions to goodyerinae and dendrobiinae (orchidaceae) in the Flora of China Ji-Dong Ya, Ting Zhang, Tirtha Raj Pandey, Cheng Liu, Zhou-Dong Han, De-PingYe, De-Ming He, Qiang Liu, Lan Yang, Li Huang, Rong-Zhen Zhang, HongJiang, and Jie Cai 2021 photo fide