Ludisia discolor: The Jewel Orchid


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.


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]


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