!Otochilus albus Lindl. 1828 Photo by Lamunpan and Phuket Outdoors Website.

Plant in situ Thailand Photo by David Kuehn.

Part ShadeWarmCool Spring

Common Name The White Otochilus - In China Xia Ye Er Chun Lan

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.8 cm]

Otochilus alba is usually an epiphyte found from the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and southern China in primary highland cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 2400 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with subcylindrical, grooved pseudobulbs enveloped basally by tubular sheaths in youth and carrying oblong-elliptic, acumninate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a slender, slightly fractiflex, 4.8 to 8" [12 to 20 cm] long, laxly 12 to 16 flowered, racemose inflorescence that is enveloped by imbricate sheaths and has caducous, ovate-lanceolate, floral bracts.

The photo above is of a rather unhealthy one that had fallen from its branch. The healthy plants were unreachable. Its blooming period was just ending in late April.

Synonyms Broughtonia pendula Wall. ex Lindl. 1830; Broughtonia pendula Wall. ex Hook.f. 1890; Coelogyne alba (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Schlechter/Brieger 1986; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 as Othochilus albus photo ok; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as Othochilus albus photo ok; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 Drawing/photo fide