Peristylus cubitalis (L.) Kraenzl. 1898

Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Yard Long Peristylus

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Assam, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar on banks and hillside roadcuts at elevations up to 1350 metesr as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect leafy throughout stem carrying 6 or so, linear to linear-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late winter spring and again in the later fall on an erect, terminal, peduncle 5.2 to 6.4" [13 to 16 cm] long, with 4 to 7 sterile, foliaceous sheaths, 9.6 to 15.6" " [24 to 39 cm] long overall, somewhat lax, many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, acute, 5 to 7 veined floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

Synonyms Coeloglossum brevifolium Lindl. 1835; Habenaria cubitalis (L.) R.Br. ex Spreng. 1826; Habenaria micrantha Wall. ex Lindl. 1835; *Orchis cubitalis L. 1753; Peristylus cubitalis var. brevifolia (Lindl.) P.K.Sarkar 1984; Platanthera cubitalis (L.) Lindl. 1835

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burman Grant 1895 as Habenaria cubitalis; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 Drawing fide