Luisia zeylandica Lindley 1853

Photo by Jonojit Roy in India

What was described as L indica

Photo by Jibankumar Singh Khuraijam*& Rup Kumar Roy

What was described as L platyglossa by Seidenfaden in Thailand

Photo by Jibankumar Singh Khuraijam & Rup Kumar Roy


Common Name The Sri Lankan Luisia

Flower Size .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka, India, eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands and Myanmar on tops of hills in evergreen forests at eleavtions of 200 to 800 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing monopodial epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped completely by leaf sheath bases carrying terete leaves tapering a few centimeters before the apex, that blooms in the early spring on axillary, short, .36" [9mm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Luisia burmanica Lindl. 1853; Luisia indica Khuraijam & R.K.Roy 2015; Luisia platyglossa Rchb.f 1863; Luisia truncata Blatt. & McCann 1932;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 as L platyglossa drawing/photo fide?; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing/photo fide; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018