Cheirostylis flabellata (A.Rich.) Wight 1851

Photos by Michael Pascoe and The Canada Plants Website


by J Joseph

Common Name The Small Fan Cheirostylis

Flower Size .32" [8mm]

Found in Assam, the eastern Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar on road cuts with shade in subtropical montane forests at elevations of 950 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial and raewly epiphyte on moss covered tree trunks with ovate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, 2 to 10 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, acute, single veined floral bracts and carrying white flowers

Synonyms *Goodyera flabellata A.Rich. 1841; Monochilus flabellatus (A.Rich.) Wight 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok to the first not to the second; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 Photo fide;