Amitostigma pinguicula (Rchb.f. & S.Moore) Schltr. 1919

Plant and Flower Photos by Orchid Society of China Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Pinguicula-Like Amitostigma [possibly refers to the shiney leaves] - In China Da Hua Wu Zhu Lan

Flower Size .8" [2cm]

Found in northeastern Zhejiang province of China in forests in rocky soils, moist grasslands and valleys at elevations of 200 to 400 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid tubers giving rise to a stem with 1 to 2, basal, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, subbasal, porrect, linear-oblanceolate, narrowly elliptic, oblong-ovate to ligulate-oblong, subacute leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, single to rarely 2 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, lanceolate, sterile bracts and a linear-lanceolate, much shorter than the ovary, acuminate floral bract

Synonyms Diplomeris chinensis Rolfe 1896; *Gymnadenia pinguicula Rchb.f. & S.Moore 1878; Habenaria pinguicula (Rchb.f. & S.Moore) Benth. 1881; Orchis pinguicula (Rchb.f. & S.Moore) So 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Gymnadenia pinguicula; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Diplomeris chinensis; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 as Diplomeris chinensis; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide