Chroniochilus virescens (Ridl.) Holttum 1960

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Plant and Flower

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Common Name or Meaning The Greenish Chroniochilus

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

Found in Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia and Sumatra in hill forests at elevations of [100] 500 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a stout, erect stem carrying spreading, thickly fleshy, basally narrowed, narrowly strap-shaped, unequally and acutely bilobed apically leaves that blooms through the summer on a flattened, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single to 8 flowered inflorescence with fleshy, broadly ovate, acuminate and apiculate floral bracts carrying very fragrant, short-lived, cupcake-smelling flowers.

Distinguished from C thrixspermoides by having a single callous inside the edge of the midlobe of the lip that is orange.

Synonyms *Sarcochilus virescens Ridl. 1870

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1963 drawing hmm; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Sarcochilus virescens; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing hmm; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 1 2009 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide