Androcorys pugioniformis (Lindl. ex Hook.f.) K.Y.Lang 1996 Photo by Holger Perner

Drawing Drawing by Susanna Stuart-Smith and The Flora of China Website

Part shadeCold LATE SpringSummer

Common Name The Dagger-Shaped Androcorys - In China Jian Chun Dou Rui Lan

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Qinghai, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan provinces of China, India, Kashmir, Nepal and Bhutan in forests, alpine thickets and in meadows at elevations of 2700 to 5200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a globose tuber giving rise to an erect to ascending, slender to relatively stout stem with 1 to 2, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, basal, oblanceolate, oblong, narrowly ellliptic to elliptic, obtuse to acute leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, .6 to 2" [1.6 to 5 cm] long, 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, much shorter than the ovary, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Herminium nivale Schltr. 1924; *Herminium pugioniforme Lindl. ex Hook.f. 1890; Monorchis pugioniformis (Lindl. ex Hook.f.) O.Schwarz 1949

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Herminium pugionforme drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Herminium pugioniforme; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 photos fide; Terrestrial Orchids Naresh Swami 2016 photo fide

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