Odontochilus crispus (Lindl.) Hook.f. 1890

Photo by Naresh Swami and his The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Facebook Page


Drawing by R Pantling and The Culture Sheet.org Website


Common Name The Crisped Odontochilus [refers to the margins of the epichile on the lip]

Flower Size .64" [1.6 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal and Myanmar in open oak forests, shady secondary forests and in Bamboo forests at elevations around 360 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with a decumbent, slender stem carrying 2 to 4, at the apex of the stem, ovate, acute, minutely undialte margins, narrowing below into the dialated petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on a pubescent, provided with 1 to 2, lanceolate, acuminate, pubescent bractsshorter than the stem, 2.2" to 3.6" [5.5 to 9 cm] long, 4 to 8 flowered inflorescence and purplish, lanceolate, outer sufrface pubescent, acuminate, nearly as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms *Anoectochilus crispus Lindl. 1857; Cystopus crispus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones 22 Hooker 1893 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257 - 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 as Anoectochilus crispus; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as Anoectochilus crispus drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 #3 1994 drawings fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2010 drawing fide; A review on Spiranthoideae genera in Arunachal Pradesh Bulletin of Arunachal Forest Research 27 (1&2) : 1-33, Rao 2011