Pholidota recurva Lindl. 1830 SECTION Articulatae

Photo by Jef Houttekiet and the Orchids of Cambodia Website


Photo by Karel & Alex Petrzelka and the Vietnam Orchid Website


Common Name The Recurved Pholidota [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in open primary forests at elevations of 700 to 1800 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with swollen, slender, rugose with age pseudobulbs carrying 2, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, acute, plicate, 3 to 4 veined, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a synanthous, 24 to 35 flowered, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with distichous, transversly semi-elliptic, oblique floral bracts.

Synonyms Coelogyne recurva (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Oasis Vol 1 No 3 2000 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo/drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;