Cheirostylis foliosa Aver. 2007

Plant TYPE Drawing Photo and type Drawing by Leonid V. Averyanov and Taiwania 52: 295 2007

Full shade Cool EARLIERFall

Common Name The Leafy Cheirostylis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in north Vietnam in broad-leaved evergreen dry forest on steep slopes and ridgetops at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing lithophyte with an erect stem carrying 2 to 4, narrowly ovate, acute, light green, sub succulent, glossy, sessile to subsessile leaves that blooms in the earlier fall on a terminal, erect, densely pubescent, 3.2 to 5.6" [8 to 14 cm] long, rachis .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescnece with 1 to 3 hyaline bracts and broadly ovate, acuminate, sparsely glandular ciliate along the margin floral bracts.

This species is similar to Ch. montana Blume, from which it differs in much smaller flowers, cristate glands in the hypochile and the small simple or hardly toothed epichile lobules.

"This species may be related to Ch. montana Blume, from which it differs in much smaller flowers, cristate glands in hypochile and small simple or hardly toothed epichile lobules. Most probably, this rare plant is local endemic of karst rocky limestone of northwestern part of Vietnam associated with such rare orchids, as Paphiopedilum coccineum Perner & R.Herrm. 2000 ." Averyanov 2007

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References * Taiwania 52: 287 Averyanov 2007 photo/drawing fide; * Taiwania 52: 295 Averyanov 2007 photo/drawing fide;

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