Epigeneium fuscescens (Griff.) Summerh. 1957 SECTION Katherinea

Photo by Li Jianwu

Plant and Flowers in situ

Photo by Bhutan Orchid Adventures Website


Drawing by Linda Gurr and Flora Of China Website

Full shadeCoolColdFall

Common Name The Ochre-Yellow Epigeneium - In China Jing Dong Hou Chun Lan

Flower Size 1.6 to 1.8" [4 to 4.5 cm]

Found in China, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Bhutan and Nepal on moss covered rocks in forests at elevations of 1660 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte or epiphyte with 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 3.8 cm] between each narrowly cylindric-ovoid pseudobulb and carrying 2, apical, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, coriaceous, sessile to shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, single flowered inflorescence with an ovate-lanceolate, acute floral bract.

CAUTION The flower picture does not match the drawing but I have nothing to verify the drawing either so use both with caution

Synonyms Bulbophyllum fuscescens (Griff.) Rchb.f. 1861; Callista fuscescens (Griff.) Kuntze 1891; *Dendrobium fuscescens Griff. 1851; Epigeneium naviculare (N.P.Balakr. & Sud.Chowdhury) Hynn. & Wadhwa 2000; Katherinea fuscescens (Griff.) A.D.Hawkes 1956; Katherinea navicularis N.P.Balakr. & Sud.Chowdhury 1967; Sarcopodium fuscescens (Griff.) Lindl. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Dendrobium fuscescens drawing ok; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as Sarcopodium fuscescens; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 as Dendrobium fuscescens drawing ok; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 34, NR 1 Seidenfaden 1980; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 34, NR 1 Seidenfaden 1980 as Katherinea navicularis; The Orchids of Arunchal Pradesh Hegde 1982; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobiums Bakers 1996 as Dendrobium fuscescens; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as E navicularis drawing fide; Dendrobium H P Wood 2006 Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 as Dendrobium fuscescens photo fide;