Rhomboda yakusimensis (Masam.) Ormerod 1995 Photo by Prof. Summer and Japan Orchid Photo Website

Plant in situ with capsules Photo by J.J.Merry and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shade WarmCold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Yakushima Rhomboda [An Island in southernmost Japan] - In China Bai Lei Ling Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands and southern Japan in forests below elevations of 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with a dark reddish brown stem carrying 4 to 6, abaxially pale green, adaxially occasionally with a white stripe along the midvein, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, gradually narrowing into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, laxly 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 4 sterile bracts and brownish red, ovate-lanceolate, lower ones longer than the ovary, ciliate margins, acuminate apically floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers that do not open well.

Synonyms Hetaeria yakusimensis (Masam.) Masam. ex E.Walker 1976; *Zeuxine yakusimensis Masam. 1931

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as R tokioi; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as R tokioi drawing fide