Ludisia discolor: The Jewel Orchid

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Flower Size to 3/4″ [to 1 .7 cm]

Ludisia discolor is found in China, Myanamar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines as a small sized, hot to warm growing ‘jewel orchid’, so called because of their dark green leaves criss-crossed with red lateral lines, that makes them quite appealing even when not in bloom. This species is a terrestrial or lithophytic plant occuring in evergreen, lowland forests in shady, humid habitats with rocky substrates along streams and rivers at elevations of 700 to 1,100 meters.

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The fleshy red stems twisted, erect or pendulous are 8 to 10″ [20 to 25 cm] long and have stalked elliptic-lanceolate 2 to 3″ [5 to 7.5 cm] leaves and blooms in the spring on a terminal cylindrical fairly dense 4 to 12″ [10 to 30 cm] long inflorescence that has small asymetrical, fragrant flowers that last 2 to 3 weeks.

Photos: Orchid Display HouseAtlanta Botanical GardenAtlantaGeorgiaUSA  [20130913]

Source: www.orchidspecies.com

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