!Holcoglossum quasipinifolium (Hayata) Schltr. 1919

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part sun CoolLATE Winter To Spring

Common Name The Pine Needle-Leafed Holcoglossum - In China Cao She Lan

Flower Size 1 5/8" [4 cm]

Found in Taiwan on tree trunks in mixed to coniferous forests at elevations of 1800 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, monopodial, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a spreading stem enveloped by sheathing leaf-bases carrying needle like, v-shaped in cross-section, linear, acute leaves which are articulated to the broad, short, imbricate, basal leaf sheaths that blooms on an axillary, slender, arching-pendant, 8" [20 cm] long, one to many flowered, racemose inflorescence with ovate, acute bracts occuring in the late winter till spring with flowers that are quite large for the size of the plant.

Synonyms *Saccolabium quasipinifolium Hayata 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones plantarum formosanarum nec non et contributiones ad floram formosana Hayata 1912 as Saccolabium quasipinifolium; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 drawing fide; ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 12 1995; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo plant only;