Holcoglossum kimballianum (Rchb. f.) Garay 1972

Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart sun WarmCoolFall

Common Name Kimball's Holcoglossum [American Orchid Enthusiast late 1800's] - In China Guan Ye Cao She Lan - In Thailand Ueang Nuat Phram Lam Dam

Flower Size about 2" [3.5 to 5 cm]

This is a pendant, warm growing, Vanda-like epiphyte from Myanamar, Thailand, Laos, and south China at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters mostly on rocks in exposed locations but occasionally on trees in partial shade with a long stem carrying terete, acuminate leaves that are articulated to the tapering leaf bases which blooms in the fall on an axillary, 1 1/2' [20 to 45 cm] long, laxly few to several [to 20] flowered, racemose, fractiflex inflorescence with elliptic, obtuse bracts and fragrant, long-lived flowers. Best mounted on cork or tree fern, given cool to warm temperatures, bright light and plenty of water while growing and a short dry rest in the winter

Synonyms Holcoglossum saprophyticum (Gagnep.) Christenson 1987; *Vanda kimballiana Rchb. f. 1889; Vanda kimballiana var. lackneri Kraenzl. 1894; Vanda saprophytica Gagnep. 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Vanda kimballiana; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Vanda kimballiana photo ok; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Vanda kimballiana drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 drawing good/photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 as H saprophyticum; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 12 1995; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;