Luisia hancockii Rolfe 1896

Photo by China Plants and China Plants Website

Part shade Warm cool Summer

Common Name Hancock's Luisia - In China Xian Ye Chai Zi Gu

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zhejiang, Fujian and western Hubei provinces of China on rocks and on cliffs along valleys or on tree trunks in sparse woods at elevations of 200 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing lithophyte or epiphyte with tufted, suberect, rigid, terete stems carrying several to many, terete, fleshy, 2 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long, amplexicaul and clsping base leaves that blooms in the spring on an, opposite of the leaves, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, racemose, usually 2 to 3 flowered and carrying flashy flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 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; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;