Phalaenopsis taenialis [Lindl.] E.A Christ. & Pradham 1986 SUBGENUS Parishinae SECTIPN Aphyllae E. A. Christensen 2001

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Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

FragrantFull shadeCool Cold Spring

Common Name The Bandage-Like Phalaenopsis - in China Xiao Jian Nang Hu Die Lan

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Assam India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, southern China and Myanmar in forests on tree trunks at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing monopodial epiphyte with long, flat roots, a short stem carrying 1 to 2, oblong-elliptic, narrow pendant leaves that blooms in nature in the spring on a pedunculate, raceme to 4" [10 cm] long, with lanceolate floral bracts giving rise to 6 to 8, strongly fragrant flowers.

Stig Dalstrom has discovered in his time in Bhutan that this species flowers at post pollination turn orange and so had been described by JD Hooker as a new species, P braceana. It is now put as a synonym of P taenalis

Synonyms Aerides carnosa Griff. 1851; *Aerides taeniale Lindl. 1830-40; Biermannia naviculare Tang & Wang 1997; Biermannia taenialis (Lindl.) T. Tang & F.T. Wang 1951; *Doritis braceana Hook. f. 1890; Doritis taenialis Benth. & Hook. f. 1890; Kingidium braceanum (Hook. f.) Seidenf. 1988; Kingidium naviculare Tsi ex Hashim 1984; Kingidium taeniale (Lindl.) P.F. Hunt 1970; Kingiella taenialis (Lindl.) Rolfe 1917; Polychilos taenialis (Lindl.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Doritis taenialis; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Doritis taenalis drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Doritis taenalis; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as Kingidium taenalis drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 as Kingidium taenialis photo fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 as Kingidium taenalis drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 as Kingidium taenalis drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Kingidium taenialis; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 1 1995 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001 as Kingidium taenialis; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as kingidium taeniale; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Kingidium taenalis; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 11 2009 as P braceana photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 as Kingidium taenalis; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #8 2010 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Kingidium taenalis photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #8 2014 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #4 2019 Photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 as P braceana photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;