Galearis roborowskyi [Maxim] S.C. Chen 2010 Photo by ENVIS Center Sikkim On Ecotourism and their Sikkim Website

Part shadeCold LATE Spring THROUGH Summer

Common Name Roborowski's Galearis - The Pink Ground Orchid - In China Bei Fang Kui Hua Lin

Flower Size .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Chinese Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Sikkim, eastern Himalayas and Myanmar at elevations of 2800 to 4900 meters in short grasslands and meadows in open forests in rocky areas and open ground amongst scrub or on marshy streamsides under rhodedendrom bushes as a mini-miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with small, ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a glabrous stem with 1 to 2, basal sheaths and carrying 1 to 5, distant along stem, narrowly oblong, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring through summer on a secund, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, glabrous, 3 to 6 inflorescence with lanceolate, acute to acuminate, leaf-like floral bracts with minutely glandular margins.

Synonyms Aorchis roborowskyi (Maxim.) Seidenf. 1982; Chusua roborowskyi (Maxim.) P.F.Hunt 1975; Galearis paxiana (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt 1971;; Galearis stracheyi (Hook.f.) P.F.Hunt 1971; Galeorchis paxiana (Schltr.) So 1966; Galeorchis roborowskyi (Maxim.) Nevski 1935; Galeorchis stracheyi (Hook.f.) So 1966; Orchis paxiana Schltr.1922; *Orchis roborowskyi Maxim. 1887; Orchis stracheyi Hook.f. 1890; Orchis szechenyiana Rchb.f. ex Kanitz 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Vol XXII [vol 2]Hooker 1890 as Orchis stracheyi drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Orchis stracheyi; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 10 1958 drawing as Orchis chusa; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Aorchis roborovskii; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Aorchis robororskii; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as Chusua pauciflora; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 as Chusua pauciflora; Native Orchids of Shaanxi - Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo as Orchis roborovskii [sic]; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Aorchis roborovskii drawing ok; Native Orchids of Shaanxi - Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo fide orchis chusa; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 as Galearis roborowskii photos fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide as Orchis roborovskii; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Galearis roborowskyi;

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