!Smithorchis calceoliformis (W.W.Sm.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1936

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Fragrance Full shade Cold

Common Name The Slipper-Shaped Smithorchis - In China Fan Chun Lan

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Yunnan China in open alpine grasslands at elevations of 3200 to 4000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a stem carrying 2 to 3, tubular, basal sheaths and carrying 2, spreading, narrowly lanceolate, acute to acuminate apically, contracted below into an amplexicaul base sheath that blooms on an erect, 21" [22.5 cm] long, to 7 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, slightly longer than the ovary, denticulate margined floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms *Herminium calceoliforme W.W.Sm.1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide