Seidenfadeniella filiformis (Rchb.f.) Christenson & Ormerod 1999


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Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Filiform Seidenfadeniella

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in subtropical montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a spreading, terete, flexuous, non-pseudobulbous, purple spotted stem carrying green, terete, ventrally grooved, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on axillary, erect, stout, 1.2' [3 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate-acuminate floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with orange veins.

Synonyms Gastrochilus filiformis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Saccolabium chrysanthum Alston in H.Trimen 1931; *Saccolabium filiforme Rchb.f. 1864; Sarcanthus filiformis Wight 1851; Schoenorchis chrysantha (Alston) Garay 1972; Schoenorchis filiformis (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1913; Seidenfadeniella chrysantha (Alston) C.S.Kumar 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as Schoenorchis chrysantha drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001