Androcorys gracilis (King & Pantl.) Schltr. 1920 Photo by Naresh Swami and The Orchids of Sikkim Himalayas Website

TYPE Drawing Drawing by R Pantling

Full shadeColdSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Androcorys

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas and the Chinese Himalayas at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with a fusiform tuber giving rise to an erect stem with a few basal sheaths and carrying a single, ovate, obtuse, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the summer on an erect, slender, naked, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, scattered, few flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Herminium gracile King & Pantl. 1896; Monorchis gracilis (King & Pantl.) O.Schwarz 1949

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Herminium gracile drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as Herminium gracile drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Terrestrial Orchids Naresh Swami 2016 photo fide