Pholidota leveilleana Schltr. 1913 SECTION Chinensis

Photo by Karel & Alex Petrzelka and the Vietnam Orchid Website

Common Name Leveille's Pholidota - In China Dan Ye Shi Xian Tao

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Guizhou, north & west Guangxi China and Vietnam in primary, shady, mossy forests on rocks at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing lithophyte or epiphyte with narrowly ovoid to oblong pseudobulbs carrying a single, narrowly elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a 7.2 to 10" [18 to 25 cm] long, pendant, racemose, laxly 12 to 18 flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of a rather young pseudobulb.

Synonyms Pholidota subcalceata Gagnep. 1950; Pholidota wenshanica S.C.Chen & Z.H.Tsi m1988

References Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2010 darwing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Revisions in the Genus Pholidota De Vogel 1988 drawing ok; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo hmm; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing plant only in fruit