Spathoglottis ixioides (D. Don) Lindl. 1831

Photo by Wim Geraedts

Part sun Cool to Cold MID Summer

Common Name The Ixia-Like Spathoglottis - In China Shao Hua Bao She Lan

Flower Size .8" to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in Xizang province of China, Nepal and the higher eastern Himalayas, Sikkim and Bhutan on moist moss covered rocks in dense mixed forests and on wet roadside banks with scattered scrub at elevations of 1950 to 3650 meters, as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial- lithophyte with small compressed, globose-ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped basally by fibrose sheaths and carrying 1 to 2 plicate, distichous, linear to oblong, acuminate, sessile leaves and blooms in the mid-summer on a 4" [10 cm] long, 1 to 3 [rare] flowered inflorescence and drops the leaves in mid September when the plant should be kept dry [just like Pleione] until new growth appears in the late winter to early spring.

Synonyms *Cymbidium ixioides D. Don 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;