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Cheirostylis pusilla (Orchidaceae), a new record for Hong Kong


The jewel orchid Cheirostylis pusilla Lindl. is newly recorded from Hong Kong, a significant distance from Yunnan Province, the only other confirmed locality for the species in China. A full description, photos and line drawings are presented for this hitherto poorly known species, and its conservation status is assessed. Cheirostylis malleifera C. S. P. Parish & Rchb. f. is shown to be a later synonym.

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We are grateful to Abdel Bizid for assistance in the field, and to Gustavo Romero, Andre Schuiteman, C. Satish Kumar, A. N. Rao and Avishek Bhattacharya for providing information on specimens and literature at their respective organisations.

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Gale, S.W., Kumar, P., Hu, AQ. et al. Cheirostylis pusilla (Orchidaceae), a new record for Hong Kong. Kew Bull 68, 325–330 (2013).

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  • China
  • conservation status
  • new synonym
  • taxonomy
  • Yunnan