Thrixspermum formosanum (Hayata) Schltr.1919 SECTION Dendrocolla

Plant and Flower Photos by Linda & Mikael Karlbom


Common Name The Taiwanese Thrixspermum - in China Tai Wan Bai Dian Lan

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Vietnam and Taiwan in forests on tree trunks and branches in moist forests at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a warm to cool growing epiphyte with an ascending stem with several to many, nearly basal, abaxially spotted with purple, linear-lanceolate to narrowly oblong, slightly fleshy, acute someltimes slightly bilobed apcailly leaves that blooms in the later winter and early spring on a slender, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, successively several flowered, usually with 1 to 2 open at a time inflorescence with dense, not distichous, broadly ovate-triangular floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers that do not last long.

Synonyms Dendrocolla pricei Rolfe 1913; Pteroceras pricei (Rolfe) Aver. 1988; *Sarcochilus formosanus Hayata 1911; Thrixspermum pricei (Rolfe) Schltr. 1919; Thrixspermum sasaoi Masam. 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 photo good; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994 as T pricei; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Liu & Wang 2014 photos fide