Anoectochilus formosanus Hayata 1914


Photos by Patrick Vuurman

Although marked A brevilabris these 2 photos are A formosanus

Plant and leaves

Photos by Allen Black

Another Flower

Photo by Badlydrawnboy22 Phil and his Flickr Photo Website


Common Name The Formosa Anoectochilus - In China Tai Wan Yin Xian Lan

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Formosa on shady, broad-leaved, evergreen forest floors at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with an ascending stem carrying 2 to 4, dark reddish green with an attractive whitish veining on the velvety surface, ovate to ovate-orbicular, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] log, provided with 2 to 3 sterile bracts, reddish brown, rachis .6 to 2" [1.3 to 5 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, outer surface hairy, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carryng resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Anoectochilus tetsuoi Ohwi 1958

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 11 1994 photo; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 12 1994 photo leaf only; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2004; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 11 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok