Pholidota rubra Lindl. 1830 SECTION Chinenses {Rchb.f] De Vogel

Inflorescence Photo by Kenth Esbensen

Common Name The Reddish Pholidota

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam and Vietnam at elevations of 850 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with cylindric, bulging below the center, tapering at each end, to 3/4" [1.7 cm] apart pseudobulbs carrying 2, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, 3 to 5 veined, plicate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a proteranthous to synanthous, pendent, straight to curved, wiry, 5.2 to 10" [13 to 25 cm] long, 30 to 60 flowered inflorescence with ovate to elliptic, acute, inrolled, reflexed, papery floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers that open well.

Synonyms Coelogyne rubra (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862; Coelogyne undulata (Wall. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f 1862; Pholidota undulata Wall. ex Lindl. 1830

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing not; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok;