Peristylus plantagineus (Lindl.) Lindl. 1835

LCDP Photo by Jeewan Singh Jalal

Flower Closeup

Plant in situ India

Photos by Dinesh Valke and His Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade Hot Warm Summer

Common Name The Plantago-Like Peristylus

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka in dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests, semi-evergreen forests at elevations up to 800 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with cylindric-oblong tubers giving rise to a robust, leafy stem carrying oblong-lanceolate, acuminate to acute, wavy, strongly veined beneath, subampleicaul below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria elata (Dalzell) Alston 1931; Habenaria goodyeroides Hook.1835; Habenaria wightii Trimen 1885; *Herminium plantagineum Lindl. 1832; Peristylus elatus Dalzell 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol V Ames 1915 as H goodyerioides; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 drawing ok; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 photo fide;