Agrostophyllum planicaule (Wall. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1864 SECTION Agrostophyllum

Plant and Flowers

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Full shadeWarm to Hot LATESpringEARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Flat Stemmed Agrostophyllum

Flower Size .12 to .24" [3 to 6 mm]

Found in Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Nepal, Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand Cambodia and Vietnam as a lean and weedy orchid with a fleshy flattened stem carrying 1 to 2, oblong leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a globose-capitate, densely many flowered, short inflorescence with fibrous-membraneous, lanceolate, subacute, brown floral bracts.

Synonyms Agrostophyllum hasseltii Rchb.f. 1864; Agrostophyllum khasianum Griff. 1844; Appendicula hasseltii Wight 1851; *Eria planicaulis Wall. ex Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as A khasianum; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as A khasianum drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 as A khasianum; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections as A khasianum drawing ok/photo fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as A khasianum The Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo good; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;