Peristylus forceps Finet 1902

Plant in situ China

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Common Name The Plier-Like Peristylus - In China Yi Zhang Shen

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

Found in southern Gansu, Guizhou, western Hubei, Sichuan, southeastern Xizang and Yunnan provinces of China in forests along valleys and grassy slopes at elevations of 1200 to 4000 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid-oblong tubers giving rise to an erect stem with 2 to 3, tubular, basal sheaths and carrying 2 to 5, widely spaced along the stem, elliptic-lanceolate to lanceolate, acute to acuminate, grading into bracts above leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, cylindric, slender, 4 to 12" [10 to 30 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with several, often foliaceous, sterile bracts and ovate-lanceolate, exceeding the flower in length, acuminate apically floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria forceps (Finet) Schltr. 1919; Habenaria herminioides Ames & Schltr. 1919; Herminium forceps (Finet) Schltr. 1912; Herminium liguliforme Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Herminium tsoongii Tang & F.T.Wang 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchideologiae Sino-Japonicae Prodomus Schlecheter 1919 as Habenaria herminioides; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 31 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchidoideae Seidenfaden 1977 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide