Peristylus elisabethae (Duthie) R.K.Gupta 1968

Plant in situ India

Photos by Pankaj Kumar and Flowers of India Website


Common Name Elisabeth's Peristylus [Babington-Smith - English orchid Enthusiast in India late 1800's early 1900's]- In China Xi Zang Kuo Rui Lan

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, the western Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas, and Nepal in coniferous and broad leaved forests, glades in forests, flooded meadows and grassslands at elevations of 3100 to 4100 meters as a mini-miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with oblong-ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect stem with 1 to 2, tubular, basal sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, basal, somewhat spaced along the stem, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on a cylindric, slender, 3.2 to 12.8" [8 to 32 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, sterile, lanceolate, occasionally foliaceous bracts and lanceolate, almost as long as the ovary, acuminate apically floral bracts.

Synonyms *Habenaria elisabethae Duthie 1902; Herminium elisabethae (Duthie) Tang & F.T.Wang 1936

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Habenaria elisabetae drawing fide; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(2): 123128. Ponert Vuong & etal 2015; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 as Herminium elisabethiae photo fide