Pholidota roseans Schltr. 1913 SECTION Chinensis

Photo by Dr Leonid Averyanov


Drawing by de Vogel


Common Name The Rose Red Pholidota [refers to the flowers] - in China Gui zhou shi xian tao

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Yunnan and Guizhou in mixed forests provinces of China at elevations around 1250 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing lithophyte with close set, very slender, finely irregularily longitudinally wrinkled with age pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, linear-lanceolate, acute, rather stiff, 5 to 7 main nerved, slightly prominent above and below, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a proteranthous, peduncle wiry, .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long, rachis probably pendulous, straight, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, 7 to 9 flowered inflorescence with persistent during blooming, patent to reflexed, gradually decreasing in size towards the apex, ovate, floral bracts and carrying pinkish white to white flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 #4 1997 photo fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 de Vogel 1988 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2009;