Nephelaphyllum tenuiflorum Blume 1825

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Another Flower Pahang, Bukit Fraser, Malaysia

Another Flower Inflorescence Pahang, Bukit Fraser, Malaysia

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Common Name The Delicately Flowered Nephelaphyllum - In China Yun Ye Lan

Flower Size 3/4" [1.25 cm]

Found in Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra and Vietnam in broadleafed, evergreen, humid primary forests in soils dampened by mists and splash along steep watercourses as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial at elevations of 500 to 1700 meters that has variegated, fleshy leaves and blooms on an erect, terminal, 6" [15 cm] long, loosely several [5 to 8] flowered, racemose inflorescence occuring in the spring and summer.

This species and N cristatum are said to be synomonous but there is a major difference in the stature of the flower as well as in the papillae on the callus of the lip. In N tenuiflorum the 3 rows of separate fleshy papillae are fused to form short plate like keels while N cristaum has 3 plate like keels with the upper margins lacinate with the many incisions narrow and deep.

Synonyms Nephelaphyllum cristatum Rolfe 1896; Nephelaphyllum cristigerum Aver. 1988; Tainia cristata (Rolfe) Gagnep. 1932; Tainia tenuiflora (Blume) Gagnep. 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing plant with fruit only; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections drawing good; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 as N cristatum rolfe; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing hmm may be N cristatum; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 #6 1997; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo as N cristatum?; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo as n cristatum?; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 not = N cristatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #9 2010 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 not = N cristatum drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 not = N cristatum photo fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 drawing fide; Newly discovered native orchids of Taiwan Tsan-Piao LIN and Da-Ming HUANG 2017 drawing/photo fideAtlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;