Myrmechis drymoglossifolia Hayata 1916

Leaves and Flowers

Photos by Liu Yan

Full shade Cool Cold LATERSpring THROUGHSummer

Common Name The Drymoglossa-Like Leaf Myrmechis - In China A Li Shan Quan Chun Lan

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in central Taiwan in forests in damp locales at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a white, tinged with red stem carrying several, abaxially grayish green, adaxially green, ovate to orbicular-ovate, 3 main veined, slightly undulate margins, acute apically, obtuse based into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring through summer on an erect, slender, pubescent, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, shorter than the ovary, glabrous, slighly ciliate margins floral bracts.

Synonyms Myrmechis japonica var. sasakii (Yamam.) S.S.Ying 1977; Myrmechis sasakii Yamam. 1926; Odontochilus drymoglossifolius (Hayata) T.Yukawa 2016

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Vietnam, Illustrated survey, part 1 Averyanov 2008; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo good