Koani-Chidori, Iwa-chidori | 小阿仁千鳥 岩千鳥
Amitostigma are dwarf terrestrial orchids indigenous to bogs and wet rocky outcroppings in the Himalayas, China, and Japan. Kusamono Gardens has 3 different species available.
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Amitostigma kinoshitae, or Koani-Chidori in Japan, is a cold growing terrestrial ochrid is a more 2-3 inches tall and displays multiple tiny flowers that bloom in summer. Flower are a delicate white with two central mark of deep purple.
Amitostigma keiskei or Iwa-chidori is the showier cousin of kinoshitae and also native to Japan. Keisukei has relatively larger, showy flowers, for its small size. Flowers are pale pink and white
Amitostigma enomotoe is the hybrid between the larger pink Amitostigma keiskei and the smaller white Amitostigma kinoshitae which resulted in beautiful mass of flowers on branched stems. Enomotoe is a vigorous and floriferous, making short stems from very small tubers with one to four neat, tidy leaves and comparatively large flowers, considering the dwarf nature of the plants. The flowers are very like those of Amitostigma lepidum, with a beautifully divided lip in which the tip is cleft into two. The colour is pale pink (from the white influence of kinoshitae) toning to darker pink at the “hands and feet” with a darker pink cowl and a central mark of deep purple.