Peristylus pseudophrys (King & Pantl.) Kraenzl. 1901

Drawing by R Pantling and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade Cool Summer

Common Name The False Ophrys Peristylus

Flower Size .15 to .18" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in Sikkim at elevations around 1800 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with a narrowly fusiform tuber giving rise to a slender stem with 2, linear-lanceolate, acuminate bracts and 2 to 3 basal sheaths and carrying distant, 4, ovate-oblong to oblong, acute, sessile, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, glabrous, 2 to 4.4" [5 to 11 cm] long, subdensely to 25 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, equal to or exceeding the length of the ovary flroal bracts

Synonyms *Habenaria pseudophrys King & Pantl.1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria psuedophyrs drawing fide; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007