Phalaenopsis difformis (Wall. ex Lindl.) Kocyan & Schuit. 2014 SUBGENUS Ornithochilus (Lindl.) Kocyan & Schuiteman 2014

Photo courtesy of Beau Tun.

Flower Closeup

Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

Flower and plant in situ Thailand Photo courtesy of David Kuehn.

Part shadeCool to Warm Springand EARLY Summer

Common Name The Dark Brown Phalaenopsis - In China Yu Chun Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in the Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, western Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Malayasia, Laos, central and southern China, Vietnam, Borneo and Sumatra in montane forests and humid, mossy, mixed and coniferous forests on mossy branches of old gnarled trees from 300 to 1600 meters in elevation as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic monopodial orchid with a short stem carrying 5, obliquely lanceolate to oblong, acuminate, fleshy leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer and again in the winter on an axillary, terete, arching to pendulous, basally 1 to 2 branching, to 1 1/2' [to 45 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence that is as long or longer than the leaves.

Synonyms Aerides difforme Wall ex Lindley 1833; Aerides hystrix Lindley 1833; Ornithochilus delavayi Finet 1896; Ornithochilus difformis [Wall ex Lindley]Schlechter 1919; Ornithochilus eublepharum Hanc 1884; Ornithochilus fuscus Wallis ex Lindl. 1833; Phalaenopsis difformis var. kinabaluensis (J.J.Wood, A.L.Lamb & Shim) Kocyan & Schuit. 2014; Sarcochilus difformis [Lindley] Tang & Wang 1951; Trichoglottis diformis [Lindley] Ban & Huyen 1984; Vanda doritoides Guillaumin 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing, photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 6 1987 photo as O difformis; Die Orchideen lieferung 21 Schlechter/Brieger 1989 as O difformis drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as O difformis; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 as O difformis drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as O difformisphoto fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 as O difformis photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994 as O difformis drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as O diffornmis; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide as O difformis; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000 as O difformis; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 as O difformisphoto fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as O difformisphoto good; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as O difformis; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 as O difformis photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as O difformis; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as O difformis drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as O difformis photos fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 as O difformis photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide