Cheirostylis serpens Aver. 2005

Photo by Liu Zhilong


Plant and Flowers in situ Vietnam

Drawing/photo by Averyanov and The Vietnamese Orchids ID Key Website

Full shade Warm Winter

Common Name The Snake-Like Cheirostylis [referes to the adpressed to the ground stems of the plants that apically ascend with the flower spike resembling a snake on the ground]

Flower Size small

Found in north Vietnam in wet broad-leaved forests on rocky limestone at elevations of 600 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing terrestrial with a succulent, green, densely adpressed to the ground stem carrying many distichous, sessile, cordate, acute or apiculate, brightly emerald-green leaves that blooms in the winter on a leafless, ascending, .6 to .75" [1.5-1.8 cm] long, sparsely hairy, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 light greenish, ovate, apiculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Rheedea 15: 87 Leonid Averyanov 2005 drawing/photo