!Diphylax urceolata (C.B.Clarke) Hook.f. 1889

Photo by Amit Kotia and the The Flowers of India Website

Plant in Bud

Photo by S. Z. Lucksom and the The Orchids of Sikkim and northeastern Himalayas website


Common Name The Jug-Like Diphylax [refers to the spur] - In China Jian Yao Lan

Flower Size .2 to 1.4" [6 to 9mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Assam and Nepal on mossy banks in very moist, evergreen, broad-leaved forests at elevations of 1900 to 4270 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect-curved, slender, glabrous stem with a bladeless basal, tubular sheath and carrying usually a single, narrowly elliptic-oblong, subacute to obtuse, tapering below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the larer summer and fall on an erect, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, decurved, laxly 7 to 10 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Habenaria urceolata C.B.Clarke 1889; Platanthera urceolata (C.B.Clarke) R.M.Bateman 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria urceolata drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Habenaria urceolata; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; 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; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;