Gastrochilus somae [Hayata] Hayata 1915 SECTION Gastrochilus

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Flower Closeup

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Common Name The Soma Gastrochilus

Flower Size 3/4" [1.85 cm]

Found in Taiwan as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with a Phalaenopsis-like growth habit, carrying iridescent dark green, 3" leaves on a short stem with white roots, that blooms in the fall on short, pendant 1" spikes that emerge from between the leaves bearing dense clusters of beautiful 3/4" blooms. The sepals and petals are white with bright yellow tips, the sack-shaped lip is white with a yellow tip and with red spotting in its pouch, the column is red, and the orchid is free flowering and carries fragrant flowers.

Said to be a synonym of G. japonicus, but I have left them separate for now.

Synonyms *Saccolabium somai Hayata 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 photos fide; Notes on the genus Gastrochilus (Orchidaceae) in Myanmar LIU, ZHOU, LI, TAN, ZYAW, XING, GAO 2020