Pholidota cantonensis Rolfe 1896

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Common Name The Canton Pholidota [A province of China] - In China Xi Ye Shi Xian Tao

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Endemic to Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in forests or on in shaded areas on rocks as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte at elevations of 198 to 2000 meters in shade, semishade and full sun, with well spaced, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, linear-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the spring on a 2 to 3" long, arching, slightly zigzag, laxly flowered inflorescence that arises from the rhizome before the new growth appears holding several to many sequentially opening flowers starting with the lowest flowers.

This species seems to do best mounted on cork or tree fern to accomodate the creeping growth habit and should only be attempted as new root growth occurs.

Synonyms Pholidota uraiensis Hayata 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 1 2002 photo; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #3 2019 photo ok; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;