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 *Coeloglossum lacertiferum Lindl. 1835; Habenaria lacertifera (Lindl.) Benth. 1861; Habenaria meyenii Merr. 1937

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria lacertifera drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959 as P chloranthus drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Mayasia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; 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

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