Peristylus lacertifer (Lindl.) J.J.Sm. 1927

Photo by Tripetch P. and the Thai Nature Website

Part ShadeHotCool LATERSummer THROUGH MID Fall

Common Name The Lizard-Like Habenaria [refers to the flower shape] - In China Si Chun Kuo Rui Lan

Flower Size .15 to .17" [3 to 4mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines, Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands? and Japan in broad-leaved evergreen forests, thickets and grassy slopes at elevations of 100 to 1900 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with obliquely ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a bracteate above stem carrying 2 to 3, sub-basal leaves and 2 to 3, oblong-elliptic to linear-oblong, subacute to acute, mucronate, narrowing below into the sheathing base leaves grading above into 3 to 13, suberect to spreading, lanceolate, acuminate sterile bracts that blooms in the later summer through mid fall on a terminal, erect, glabrous, narrow, 2.4 to 6.4" [6 to 17 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Choeradoplectron spiranthes Schauer 1843; Coeloglossum acuminatum Lindl. 1835; *Coeloglossum lacertiferum Lindl. 1835; Gymnadenia tenuiflora Lindl. ex Wall. 1832; Habenaria lacertifera (Lindl.) Benth. 1861; Habenaria meyenii Merr. 1937; Peristylus chloranthus Lindl. ex Benth. 1855; Peristylus hiugensis Ohwi 1936; Peristylus spiranthes (Schauer) S.Y.Hu 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895 as Habenaria lacertifera; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria lacertifera drawing fide; Materials for a Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Ridley 1907 as Habenaria lacertifera; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol II Ames 1908 as H lacertifera; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol V Ames 1915 as Habenaria lacertifera; Flora Of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as Habenaria lacertifera drawing good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959 as P chloranthus drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1964 as P chloranthuscorrections; Orchids of the Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 as Habaneria lacertifera; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as P chloranthusdrawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 31 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchidoideae Seidenfaden 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 as P lacertiferus drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photos fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Peace & 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 ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;