Luisia amesiana Rolfe 1893

Photo by Klaus Hicker & Team and Orchids Flowers Website

Drawing 1988

Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part sun Cool

Common Name Ames' Luisia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Myanmar in the Shan hills, the Andaman Islands and Thailand? [See Caution] at elevations around 1200 to 1550 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect stem carrying rigid, terete, subobtuse leaves that blooms on an axillary, 1.5" [3.75 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with patent, triangular-ovate, subobtuse, rigidly concave floral bracts.

Said to be related to L macrotis, but as you can see this flower is not, so be careful here.

CAUTION I have no real way of verifying this determination so please use with caution. The photo an exact match for Seidenfaden's photo from 1988 but he himself states that he cannot be sure that it is correct and it may represent a new species. His drawing from 1988 is correct for the real L amesianum, drawing from the type.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1893: 172 1893; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 Drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as L primulina photo ok;