Chiloschista gelephuense Ch.Gyeltshen & Dalström 2019

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/ TYPE Drawing by Stig Dalstrom and Courtesy of the Lankesteriana Journal


Common Name The Gelephu Chiloschista [A town in Bhutan]

Flower Size .6 to .72" [1.5 to 1.8 cm]

Found in Bhutan near a hot spring at elevations around 300 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte without leaves at blooming with numerous, spreading, terete to slightly flattened roots giving rise centrally to an almost non-existent stem carrying? seasonal, although not seen leaves that blooms in the later spring on a suberect to pendent, 6 to 6.4" [15 to 16 cm] long, almost straight to indistinctly flexuous, micro-pubescent, peduncle to 2" [5 cm] long, provided with scale-like, narrowly acute scale bracts, rachis 4 to 4.4" [10 to 11 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence.

Similar to C parishii but differs in the almost twice larger flowers {C parishii flower is .32 to .4" [.8 to 1 cm]} that lack the glandular-pubescent, erect and curved callus lobe within the lip.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankestriana Vol 19 #1 2019 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 84 #1 2020 photo fide;