Spathoglottis ixioides (D. Don) Lindl. 1831 Photo courtesy of Wim Geraedts
Common Name The Ixia-Like Spathoglottis - In China Shao Hua Bao She Lan
Flower Size .8" to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]
Found in Nepal and the higher eastern Himalayas, Sikkim and Bhutan on moist moss covered rocks in dense mixed forests and on wet roadside banks with scattered scrub at elevations of 1950 to 3650 meters, as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial- lithophyte with small compressed, globose-ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped basally by fibrose sheaths and carrying 1 to 2 plicate, distichous, linear to oblong, acuminate, sessile leaves and blooms in the mid-summer on a 4" [10 cm] long, 1 to 3 [rare] flowered inflorescence and drops the leaves in mid September when the plant should be kept dry [just like Pleione] until new growth appears in the late winter to early spring.
Synonyms *Cymbidium ixioides D. Don 1825
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;