Pholidota pallida Lindl. 1835 SECTION Pholidota

Photo by Rao & Kumar and Turczaninowia 21 (4): 109134 2018


Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower

Photos by Hartmut Schaefer Germany

Fragrant Deep shade Warm ColdFallEARLY

Common Name The Pale Pholidota - In China Cu Mai Shiu Xian Tao

Flower Size .2" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam on rock faces and on cliff edges in cool mixed forests at elevations of 457 to 2300 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender to swollen pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong to linear-oblong, acute to acuminate, plicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a synanthous, densely many flowered, narrowly wiry, 4" to 12" [10 to 30 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with ovate-sagitate, acute to obtuse, pubescent floral bracts and carrying fragrant, membraneous flowers

Synonyms Coelogyne calceata Rchb.f. 1862; *Coelogyne pallida (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862; Pholidota imbricata var. sessilis Hook.f. 1890; Pholidota pallida var. sessilis (Hook.f.) P.K.Sarkar 1984; Pholidota schlechteri Gagnep. 1931; Pholidota tixieri Guillaumin 1957; Pholidota yunnanensis Schltr. 1924; Pholidota yunpeensis Hu 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo ok; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Schlechter/Brieger 1986 as P imbricata; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Pholidota De Vogel 1988; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photos good; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Cribb & Wood 1994 excluded taxa; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe Neo-Caledonienne D'Orchidopilie 1995 Photo ok; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000 as P yunnanensis; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District, Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce And Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; 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 ; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; Turczaninowia 21 (4): 109134 Rao & Kumar 2018 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;