Epipogium japonicum Makino 1904

Photo by The Hiro Ken Website


Plant and Flowers

Photos by Hiroshi Nakayama Calypso Lip Website


Common Name The Japanese Epipogium - In China Ri Ben Hu She Lan

Flower Size 2/4" [2.2 cm]

Found in Bhutan, China, Japan and Taiwan in moist broad leaved forests at elevations of 2200 to 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with nearly ellipsoid, dense annular noded tubers giving rise to an erect, yellow brown, purple dotted when fresh, fleshy leafless stem enveloped by 1 to 3, membraneous, yellow brown, clasping sheaths that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erct, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with membraneous, yellow brown, erect, ovate floral bracts

Synonyms Galera japonica (Makino) Makino 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Shaanxi Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 photo fide; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;