!Diplomeris pulchella D.Don 1825

Plant and Flowers in situ

Photo by Prapanth Iamwiryakui and the The Siamese website


Common Name The Beautiful Diplomeris - In China He Zhu Lan

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in grassy areas of forests in deep shade at elevations of 600 to 2600 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to 2, basal, 1 larger than the other, ensiform to linear-lanceolate, glabrous, contracted below into the amplexicaul sheath, acuminate leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, glabrous, 2.4 to 7.2" [6 to 18 cm] long, usually single flowered inflorescence with a broadly ovate, as long as the ovary floral bract

Synonyms Diplochilus longifolius Lindl. 1832; Diplomeris boxallii Rolfe in F.W.L.Kraenzlin 1898; Habenaria uniflora (Roxb.) Griff. 1851; Orchis uniflora Roxb. 1832; Paragnathis pulchella (D.Don) Spreng. 1826

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