Distribution: S. China to Sumatera and Philippines 



Orchid for ID : 170511 : AK-3: Taken at the ‘Flower Show’ at Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai on the 19th of Feb, 2011.
Name given was Black Jewel Orchid, Ludisa discolor.

this is Ludisia discolor. One of the Jewel Orchids. Please wait for the flower to confirm. Its a monotypic genera not found in India in Wild but just outside India in a wide range. I imagine if we search properly we can find it in North east. This plant does very good in Indian gardens.



Requesting ID of this plant : 27032012 : ARK-03 : Attachments (4). 5 posts by 4 authors.
Requesting ID of this plant captured in Mumbai VJTI Flower Show 2013

This could be Ludisia discolor, posted by me earlier and identified by our Orchid expert …

Common name Black Jewel Orchid.

Cute, yes this is Ludisia discolor

I am one of the few lucky ones who saw this in wild in HK 🙂

Orchidaceae fortnight : Jewel Orchid for ID : MN15 : 1 image. 3 posts by 3 authors.

This looks like Ludisia discolor to me.




Ludisia discolor (Ker Gawl.) A.Rich. in J.B.G.Bory de Saint-Vincent, Dict. Class. Hist. Nat. 7: 437 (1825).
Goodyera discolor Ker Gawl., Bot. Reg. 4: t. 271 (1818).
Neottia discolor (Ker Gawl.) Steud., Nomencl. Bot. 2: 551 (1821).
Gonogona discolor (Ker Gawl.) Link, Enum. Hort. Berol. Alt. 2: 369 (1822).
Haemaria discolor (Ker Gawl.) Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 490 (1840).
Orchiodes discolor (Ker Gawl.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 675 (1891).
Myoda rufescens Lindl., Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 19: t. 1618 (1833).
Dicrophyla elegans Raf., Fl. Tellur. 4: 39 (1838), nom. illeg.
Ludisia furetii Blume, Coll. Orchid.: 114 (1859).
Ludisia odorata Blume, Coll. Orchid.: 114 (1859).
Anoectochilus rubrovenia E.J.Lowe & W.Howard, Beaut. Leaved Pl.: 71 (1860).
Goodyera rubrovenia B.S.Williams, Orch.-Grow. Man., ed. 2: 106 (1862).
Anoectochilus dawsonianus H.Low ex Rchb.f., Gard. Chron. 1868: 1038 (1868).
Anoectochilus ordianus K.Koch, Wochenschr. Vereines Beförd.
Gartenbaues Königl. Preuss. Staaten 14: 130 (1871), nom. subnud.
Goodyera dawsoniana (H.Low ex Rchb.f.) W.Bull, Nursery Cat. (William Bull) 60: 66 (1871).
Goodyera ordiana B.S.Williams, Orch.-Grow. Man., ed. 4: 82 (1871).
Anoectochilus ordeanus Jennings, Orchids: t. 43 (1875).
Goodyera ordeana (Jennings) Boxall ex Náves in F.M.Blanco, Fl. Filip., ed. 3, 4(13A): 248 (1880).
Goodyera rodigasciana L.Linden, Ill. Hort. 34: 175 (1886).
Haemaria otletae Rolfe, Ill. Hort. 38: 31 (1891).
Haemaria rubrovenia (B.S.Williams) Rchb.f. ex Stein, Orchid.-Buch: 274 (1891).
Haemaria discolor var. dawsoniana (H.Low ex Rchb.f.) B.S.Williams, Orch.-Grow. Man., ed. 7: 419 (1894).
Haemaria discolor var. denisoniana Kerch., Livre Orchid.: t. 6, f. 5 (1894).
Haemaria discolor var. ordeana (Jennings) B.S.Williams, Orch.-Grow. Man., ed. 7: 419 (1894).
Haemaria discolor var. concolor Ridl., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 32: 401 (1896).
Haemaria discolor var. rhodoneura Schltr., Orchis 7: 5 (1913).
Haemaria discolor var. trilineata Schltr., Orchis 7: 5 (1913).
Haemaria dawsoniana (H.Low ex Rchb.f.) Hasselb. in L.H.Bailey, Stand. Cycl. Hort. 3: 1427 (1915).
Haemaria pauciflora Gagnep., Bull. Soc. Bot. France 80: 349 (1933).
Haemaria discolor var. condorensis Gagnep. in H.Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 6: 562 (1934).
Haemaria discolor var. grandis Gagnep. in H.Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 6: 562 (1934).
Kuhlhasseltia carrii Holttum, Gard. Bull. Singapore 11: 281 (1947).
Ludisia dawsoniana (H.Low ex Rchb.f.) Aver., Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 73: 432 (1988).
Ludisia otletae (Rolfe) Aver., Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 73: 432 (1988).
Ludisia discolor var. ordiana (B.S.Williams) J.M.H.Shaw, Orchid Rev. 117(1285, Suppl.): 85 (2009).
Distribution: S. China to Sumatera and Philippines
Present pics taken in Hong Kong. 

Words fall short for admiring the beauty of these flowers, and the skills of capturing..


Ludisia discolor .. seen at an exhibition at Thane.

Yes Ludisia discolor.



I had seen this Orchid in a Flower expo here in Mumbai.
Bot. name: Ludisia discolor ??
Family: Orchidaceae

Yes Ludisia discolor.



Ludisia discolor from Hong Kong : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2) 
Ludisia discolor

Family: Orchidaceae
Place: Hong Kong