Schoenorchis scolopendria Aver. 2012

Plant and Flowers SECTION Pumila Averyanov 1994

Photos by Marni Turkel and Stony Point Ceramic Design Website

Part shade hot Cool LATER Fall EARLIER Summer

Common Name The Millipede-Like Schoenorchis [refers to the habit of the plant that resembles a small centipede hiding in bark folds on shady old trees]

Flower Size .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in Vietnam within primary broad-leaved evergreen forest on tops of remnant highly eroded karst limestone ridges at elevations of 300 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a plagiotropic, usually unbranched stem adpressed to the bark stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheaths carrying distichous, two ranked, green to purple-violet, thick, succulent, narrowly ovaoid, more or less distinctly canaliculate above, acute to obtuse, finely alveolate-cancellate surface, broadening into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the later spring through earlier summer on an axillary, .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long, 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, short, ovate to triangular, obtuse bracts and small, triangular to ovate, obtuse to acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Taiwania 57: 134 Averyanov 2012 New Orchid Taxa and Records in the Flora of Vietnam drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #6 2012 photo fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide;