Pholidota protracta Hook.f. 1889 SECTION Crionia [Bl.] Butzin 1974

Inflorescence and plant

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Extended Pholidota

Flower Size 1/2" [6.2 mm]

Found in Assam, the eastern Himalyas, Nepal, the Chinese Himalayas, and Myanmar at elevations around 1500 to 2400 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an elongate, slender stem giving rise to at intervals, fusiform pseudobulbs often bracteate at the base and carrying 2, apical, membraneous, narrowly elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on several, from joints on the rhizome, shorter than the leaves, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;