Gastrochilus formosanus (Hayata) Hayata 1915 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Formosan Gastrochilus - In China - Tai Wan Pen Ju Lan

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Shaanxi, Fujian and Hubei China and Taiwan in forests on tree trunks at elevations of 500 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with rambling and branching stems that are freely rooting, 1/2" leaves that lay flat, 2 ranked along the evergreen stems, short spikes can emerge at most any time of the year all along the stems in clusters of bright yellow 1/2" flowers spotted with bright red, the pouch-shaped lip is white with red spotting. A very attractive plant and the flowers are fragrant.

Synonyms Gastrochilus formosanum (Hayata) Schltr. 1919; Gastrochilus formosanus var. shaoyaoii (S.S.Ying) S.S.Ying 1990; Gastrochilus nebulosus Fukuy. 1935; Gastrochilus pumilus Hayata 1917; Gastrochilus quasipinifolius Hayata 1917; Gastrochilus quercetorum Fukuy. 1936; Gastrochilus shaoyaoii S.S.Ying 1977; *Saccolabium formosanum Hayata 1911; Saccolabium nebulosum (Fukuy.) S.Y. Hu 1973; Saccolabium quercetorum (Fukuy.) S.S. Ying 1974; Saccolabium quercetorum (Fukuy.) S.Y. Hu 1975; Saccolabium shaoyaoii S.S. Ying 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 9 1985; Native Orchids of Shaanxi - Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo fide; 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 photos fide