Gastrochilus distichus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Microphyllae Benth & Hook 1993 Photo by Species Diversity of Bhutan Website

Plant and Flower Photo by Taiwan Orchid Website

Drawing Drawing by J.D. Hooker in A Century Of Indian Orchids

Common Name The Distichous Gastrochilus [refers to the leaves being 2 ranked] - In China - Lie Ye Pen Ju Lan

Flower Size .4 to 3/4" [1 to 1.8 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Nepal and China in shade on moss covered trees in dense rain forests at elevations of 1520 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cool to cold, pendant growing epiphyte with slender, clustered, pendent, branched stems enveloped by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying several, distichous, narrowly lanceolate, fleshy, acuminate, 2 to 3, needle pointed apex, sessile leaves that blooms in the spring on a leaf opposed, glabrous, slender, racemose, 2 to 4 flowered, more or less sigmoid-shaped inflorescence with 2 distant, lanceolate, basally tubular bracts and oblong, subacute floral bracts

CAUTION The drawing is most likely correct, the photos are not so pat, but match most photo references. I await better references.

Synonyms Gastrochilus biglandulosus Kuntze 1891; Saccolabium distichum Lindl.1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Saccolabium distichus; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Saccolabium distichuum drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Saccolabium distichum drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Saccolabium distichum; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Saccolabium distichum; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok;

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