Gastrochilus linearifolius Z.H.Tsi & Garay 1996

Photo by Eric Christenson

Drawing of Saccolabium intermedius not = G linearifolius

Drawing by R Pantling

Part sun CoolLATERSummer

Common Name The Linear-Leaved Gastrochilus In China - Xia ye pen ju lan

Flower Size .32 to .4" [.8 to 1 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Sikkim, Bhutan and south eastern Tibet on tree trunks in forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a small to just medium sized, pendent, cool growing epiphyte with a pendent, branching, slender, stem carrying distichous, well spaced, linear, falcate, 3 needle-like apical points, acuminate, leaves that blooms in the later summer on a slender, peduncle .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, sub-umbellate, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate acute floral bracts and carrying small, widely opening flowers

This species is easily distinguished by the densely fimbriate margins of the lip midlobe. The often erroneously cited species G intermedius for this species has not been recorded for either Sikkim or Bhutan.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Saccolabium intermedium not = G linearifolius - drawing fide; A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as G internedius not = G linearfolius drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 #9 1985 as G intermedius photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 as G cf linearifolius drawing fide/photo not; Three new synonyms in Gastrochilus (Orchidaceae) with notes on typification of Gastrochilus calceolaris and misreport of Gastrochilus changjiangensis from India Bhattacharjee, Agrawala, Jalal and Deori 2021 Photo fide