Diplomeris hirsuta (Lindl.) Lindl. 1835 Photo by Sudhizong Lucksom and courtesy of The Orchids of Sikkim and NE Himalayas Website

Part shadeHotTo WarmSpringSummer

Common Name The Hairy Diplomeris - Snow Orchid - In China Mao Ye He Zhu Lan

Flower Size 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas and Nepal on sandstone rocks in grasslands at elevations of 200 to 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a sperical-ellipsoid tuber giving rise to a short stem enveloped by sparsely pubescent leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 1 [occasionally with a second, opposite, small leaf] , basal, oblong, subacute, weakly cordate, sessile, stiffly pubescent leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 2.5" [6.25 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with an ovate, acute, stiffly pubescent floral bract.

Synonyms *Diplochilus hirsutus Lindl. 1832

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 4 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 8 1979 Photo; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok

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