Gastrochilus sessanicus A.N.Rao 1997 SECTION Gastrochilus

TYPE Drawing by N Rao

Common Name The Sessa Gastrochilus [The area in Arunachal Pradesh where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Arunachal Pradesh state of India in wet evergreen, subtropical forests on moss covered twigs of small trees at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 4 to 5, nearly basal, sessile, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, 3 setae apically, imbricate on the stem, green leaves that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, axillary, umbellate, 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence carrying small, wide opening, green dotted with purple tepals and a white lip blotched with purple on the sac.

Synonyms Gastrochilus minimus s J.W.Li, D.P.Ye & X.H.Jin 2020; Gastrochilus pumilus D.P.Ye & H.Jiang, Wild Orchid Yunnan 476. 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *J. Orchid Soc. India 11: 1 N Rao 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; *Rheedea Vol 31[3] 181-185 Bhattacharjee, Agrawala, Jalal & Deori 2021 as G minimus photo fide