Subfamily:
  Orchidoideae
Tribe:
  Cranichideae
Subtribe:
  Goodyerinae
Genus: Dossinia:
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  • Borneo, Malesia, Asia Tropical
Dossinia marmorata C.Morren (1848) from Sarawak, Borneo: a compact terrestrial found in lowland and hill forests on a limestone substrate. Unusual for an orchid, the species name actually describes the texture of its leaves: Greek, marmoras -> Latin, marmor -> French, marbre -> English, marble. This species belongs to a larger group of 'Jewel Orchids' that, as ornamental plants, are prized more highly for their foliage than their flowers.
The term 'jewel' derives from the French word for joy; the leaf of a Jewel Orchid is a thing of beauty; and 'a thing of beauty is a joy forever' (Keats). Richly coloured, velvet textured, these leaves are a perfect foil for shimmering veins of gold as fine as filigree.
[Emrys Chew]
  • Anoectochilus lowii E.J.Lowe & W.Howard (1860)
  • Anoectochilus lowii var. virescens B.S.Williams (1862)
  • Cheirostylis marmorata (C.Morren) Lindl. ex Lem. (1848)
  • Ludisia argyroneura Miq. (1861)
  • Macodes lowii (E.J.Lowe & W.Howard) J.J.Wood (1984)
  • Macodes marmorata (C.Morren) Rchb.f. (1858)
Pascal Bruggeman
Doss. marmorata
abiom
Doss. marmorata
abiom
Doss. marmorata
Svetlana Raychinova
Doss. marmorata
Pascal Bruggeman
Doss. marmorata
Marzenna Kielan
Doss. marmorata
Khunchai Chang
Macodes lowii (syn)
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