~Phalaenopsis braceana (Hook. f.) Christenson 1986 - See Phalaenopsis taenialis [Lindl.] E.A Christ. & Pradham 1986 SUBGENUS Aphyllae [Sweet] Christ 2001

Photos by Milan Vagner.

Full shade CoolCold Spring

Common Name Brace's Phalaenopsis [Orchid Illustrator 1800's] - In China Jian Nang Hu Die Lan

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Myanmar, south China and Vietnam at forest edges at elevations of 1100 to 2100 meters as a miniature, cool to cold growing epiphyte with large roots and one to two, deciduous, oblong-elliptic, subacute leaves and blooms in the spring on a suberect to erect, racemose inflorescence with 1 to 2, distant, tubular bracts and lanceolate, acuminate, concave floral bracts carrying 4 to 6, color variable flowers

CAUTION Kew has this one as a synonym of P taenialis and Stig Dalstrom has discovered in his time in Bhutan that this species flowers post pollination turn orange and so had been described by JD Hooker as a new species, Doritis braceana = Phalaenopsis braceana. It is now relegated to a synonym of P taenalis

Synonyms Biermannia naviculare Tang & Wang 1997; *Doritis braceana Hook. f. 1890; Kingidium braceanum (Hook. f.) Seidenf. 1988; Kingidium naviculare Tsi ex Hashim 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Doritis braceana drawing good; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 as Kingidium braceanum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 as Kingidium braceana; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; 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 braceana; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Kingidium braceanum; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 as Kingidium braceanum photo fide; 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 braceana photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;