Pecteilis gigantea (Sm.) Raf. 1837

Photo by Shobha R


Drawing by William Jackson Hooker and the Curtis Botanical Magazine at Botanicus


Common Name The Giant Pecteilis

Flower Size 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm]

Found in Pakistan, western Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal and Myanmar at elevations up to 2200 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a stem enveloped in the lower part by many funnel-shaped sheaths and carrying ovate-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, acute, glabrous leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, erect, 6.4 to 8" [16 to 20 cm] long, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with floral bracts that exceed the length of the ovary and carrying fragrant flowers

Very similar to P suzannae but it has shorter petals and the lip has shorter pectinate lateral lobes.

Synonyms Habenaria gigantea (Sm.) D.Don 1825; *Orchis gigantea Sm.1806; Platanthera gigantea (Sm.) Lindl. ex Wall 1832

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing/photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 photo fide;