Pholidota yunnanensis Rolfe 1903 SECTION Repentes de Vogel

Photo by Guojun Hua and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another flower

Photo by John Varigos

Partial shadeCoolCold LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Yunnan Pholidota - In China Yun Nan Shi Xian Tao

Flower Size .12" to .16" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in Guangzi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, southern Yunnan provinces of China as well as north Vietnam in forests on trees or on shaded, humid rocks at elevations of 1100 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ovoid to sub-cylindric pseudobulbs enveloped basally by leathery sheaths and carrying 2, apical, lanceolate, papery, plicate, subobtuse gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising with the new leaves but on the base of the last mature pseduobulb, 2.8 to 3.6" [7 to 9 cm] long, 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with ovate-rhombic, deciduous during flowering floral bracts that gradually fall off during flowering.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Revisions in the Genus Pholidota De Vogel 1988 drawing ok; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo maybe; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo no flowers;