Rhomboda abbreviata (Lindl.) Ormerod 1995

Photo by Li Jianwu


TYPE Drawing by J D Hooker


Drawing by R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade WarmCool LATERSummer EARLIERFall

Common Name or Meaning The Cut Short Rhomboda [refers to the short lip]- In China Xiao Pian Ling Lan - In Thailand Nok khum

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

Found in Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou and Hainan provinces of China, Hong Kong, Assam, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand in forests and valleys at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a dark green stem carrying 3 to 5, abaxially pale green sometimes tinged with red, adaxially dark green, ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, gradually narrowing into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on an erect, peduncle 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, provided with 2 to 3 sterile bracts, 4.4 to 6.8" [11 to 17 cm] long overall, laxly 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence and pinkish red, ovate, shorter than to equal to the ovary, ciliate margins, acuimnate apically floral bracts and carrying obliquely-resupinate flowers that do not open well.

Synonyms Anoectochilus abbreviatus (Lindl.) Seidenf. 1978; *Hetaeria abbreviata Lindl. 1840; Odontochilus abbreviatus (Lindl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Zeuxine abbreviata (Lindl.) Hook.f. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Hooker 1894 as Zeuxine abbreviata drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Zeuxine abbreviata drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Zeuxine abbreviata; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as Zeuxine abbreviata drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing hmm; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 Rhomboda abbreviata [Hetaeria cristata] not = R cristata; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide to Rhomboda abbreviata [Anoectochilus abbreviata]; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide