Pholidota missionariorum Gagnep. 1931 SECTION Repentes de Vogel

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Partial shadeCoolCold LATE Spring and AGAIN Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Missionaries Pholidota - In China Jian Ye Shi Xian Tao

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in central and southwestern Guizhou, sotheastern Xizang, northwestern and southeastern Yunnan provinces of China in forests on trees or on shaded, humid rocks at elevations of 1100 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ovoid to sub-cylindric pseudobulbs enveloped basally by leathery sheaths and carrying 2, apical, linear-oblanceolate, nearly broadly linear or lanceolate, thickly leathery, concave midvein and 2 lateral veins adaxially convex, all 3 raised abaxially, slightly recurved margins, subacute to long acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and again in the fall on an erect, arising with the new leaves but on the base of the last mature pseuduobulb, 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, 3 to 9 flowered inflorescence with ovate floral bracts that gradually fall off during flowering.

Synonyms Pholidota rupestris Hand.-Mazz. 1936

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Revisions in the Genus Pholidota De Vogel 1988 drawing ok; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos hmm; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;