Cheirostylis griffithii Lindl. 1857

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Full shadeCoolColdWinterTo Spring

Common Name or Meaning Griffith's Cheirostylis [English Physician and Orchid Collector in India late 1800's] - In China Da Hua Cha Zhu Lan

Flower Size 3/4 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in Assam, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Sikkim, central Yunnan province of China, Myanmar, and Thailand in forests in damp areas in hill evergreen forests in damp humus at elevations of 1000 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a decumbent base carrying 3 to 4, pendulous, elliptic-ovate, obtuse leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, peduncle 2.8 to 5" [7 to 12.5 cm] long, provided with 2 to 3 sterile bracts, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers that are pubescent on the back and have a pubescent ovary as well.

Synonyms Cheirostylis macrantha Schltr. 1906

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