!Dossinia marmorata C.Morren 1848

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Plant and Leaves

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Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Marbled Dossinia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found only in Borneo in lowland and hill forests on limestone with leaf litter and or moss or between rocks and on ledges at elevations of sealevel to 400 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing terrestrial orchid with a short, stem with wooly roots and carrying 3 to 5, basally grouped, ovate to broadly elliptic,, fleshy, 5 to 7 nerved, top black green with irridescent pink, greenish yellow to golden reticulation, dorsally pink to purple, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a terminal, erect, laxly to densely many flowered, 9.2 to 24" [23 to 60 cm] long, densely, shortly pubescent inflorescence with narrwoly elliptic, acute to acuminate, densely shortly pubescent, membraneoius, pink floral bracts.

Synonyms Cheirostylis marmorata (C.Morren) Lindl. ex Lem. 1848; Ludisia argyroneura Miq. 1861; Macodes lowii (B.S.Williams) J.J.Wood 1984; Macodes marmorata (C.Morren) Rchb.f. 1858

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Macodes marmorata drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 4 1984 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 as Macodes lowii photo leaf only fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 as Macodes lowii; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #1 2001 as Macodes lowii leaf only photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 5 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 11 2009 as Anoectochilus lowii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #1 2010 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #11 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #5 2016 photo fide;