Goodyera velutina Maxim. ex Regel 1867

Plant and Flowers in situ Japan Photos by Hisanori Takeuchi and his Orchids of the World Website

Common Name The Velvety Goodyera - In Japan - Shusu-ran - In China Rong Ye Ban Ye Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in Japan, Korea, The Ryukyu Islands, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan and Hainan provinces of China as well as Taiwan in montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender, decumbent rhizome giving rise to an erect, leafy below stem carrying oblong-elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acute, abruptly contracted into a green with a broad white stripe, short, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a short, pilose, densely many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate bracts.

Synonyms Epipactis velutina (Maxim. ex Regel) A.A.Eaton 1908; Goodyera morrisonicola Hayata 1911; Goodyera schlechtendaliana var. velutina (Maxim. ex Regel) M.Hiroe 1971; *Orchiodes velutinum (Maxim. ex Regel) Kuntze 1891; Peramium morrisonicola (Hayata) Makino 1929; Peramium velutinum (Maxim. ex Regel) Makino 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo plant only