Aphyllorchis alpina King & Pantl. 1898 Photo by Bhakta Ghalley and The Bhutan Biodiversity Portal Website

Drawing Drawing by Pradhan and Limited Edition Prints Botanical Art Website


Common Name The Alpine Aphyllorchis - In China Gao Shan Wu Ye Lan

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan and southeastern Xizang province of China in forests and along riverbanks at elevations of 2100 to 2600 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with an elongate rhizome covered in scales and giving rise to an erect stem with many membraneous sheaths that blooms in the early summer on an erect, 7.6" to 8.8" [19 to 22 cm] long, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with reflexed, linear to linear-lanceolate, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying widely spaced, spreading flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 photo plant only; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as Aphyllorchis alpina drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Goverbnment of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide;