Neottianthe secundiflora (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1919

Alba Form Photos by Naresh Swami and The Orchids of Sikkim Himalayas/Memoirs of an orchid Hunter

Drawing Drawing by Hooker's Icones Plantarum" vol. 24 pl. 2321


Common Name The Secund Flowered Neottianthe [refers to the flowers being all on one side of the inflorescence] - In China Ce Hua Dou Bei Lan

Flower Size .2 to .25" [5 to 8 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, the Chinese Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Sichuan and Yunnan China as well as Myanmar on banks and clearings in forests at elevations of 2400 to 4200 meters as a mini-miniature to just medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with globose to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect to recurved, bracteate above stem carrying 2 to 3, distant, linear to linear-oblong, acute to acuminate, sessile, basally clasping leaf that blooms in the late summer on an erect, secund, glabrous, 1.2 to 4.4" [3 to 11 cm] long, subdensely 7 to many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, acuminate, minutely glandular-ciliate margined floral bracts.

Synonyms Gymnadenia secundiflora (Kraenzl.) Kraenzl. 1901; Habenaria secundiflora Hook.f. 1890; Neottianthe mairei Schltr. 1921; *Peristylus secundiflorus Kraenzl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria secundiflora drawing fife; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as habenaria secundiflora; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1971 as Habenaria secundiflora; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;