Corybas himalaicus (King & Pantl.) Schltr. 1923

Photo by Jin Xiaohua


Common Name The Himalayan Corybas - In China Shan Lin Xi Kai Lan

Flower Size .6" 1.5 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Vietnam, western Sichuan and western Yunnan provinces of China and Taiwan on moist vertical rocks and on moss on fallen trees at elevations of 2600 to 3040 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing lithophyte with a globose, depressed, hairy tuber giving rise to a glabrous stem with a single, convolute, basal sheath and carrying a single, inserted just beneath the flower, sessile, concave, cordate, acute to apiculate, green with the veins and midrib white leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a sessile, single flowered inflorescence with a linear-lanceolate, longer than the ovary floral bract

Synonyms Calcearia himalaica (King & Pantl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Corybas purpureus J.Joseph & Yogan. 1967; Corybas shanlinshiensis W.M.Lin, T.C.Hsu & T.P.Lin 2007; *Corysanthes himalaica King & Pantl. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Corysanthes himalaica drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 as Corysanthes himalaicum drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as C purpureus drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 20(1): 4955. 2020 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide