Gastrochilus affinis (King & Pantl.) Schltr. 1913 SECTION Microphylli Bentham 1883

Photo by Jin Xiaohua

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by R Pantling

Common Name The Similar Gastrochilus

Flower Size .2 to .24" [5 to 7mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas and Nepal on trees in forests at elevations of 2300 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a pendent stem enveloped by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying several, distichous, oblong-lanceolate to subspathulate, minutely 2 to 3 dentate, fleshy, jointed, sessile leaves that blooms in the spring on a shortly racemose, slender, glabrous, distantly, triangular sheathed, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with triangular to ovate, subacute floral bracts.

Synonyms *Saccolabium affine King & Pantl.1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Saccolabium affine drawing fide; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Validation of Gastrochilus prionophyllus (Vandeae, Orchidaceae), a new species from Yunnan Province, China Wu Ye & Pan 2019; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;