Platanthera bakeriana (King & Pantl.) Kraenzl. 1899 Photo by © Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Fragrant Partial sun Cold LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name Baker's Platanthera [Kew Curator in later 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas and Nepal in mixed broad-leaved forests at elevations of 2740 to 3350 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a fusiform tuber giving rise to an erect, glabrous stem with basal convolute, subacute, sheaths and carrying 3 to 5, distant, sessile, lower leaves oblong, subacute, basally broadly clasping, upper leaves are linear-lanceolate, gradually becoming smaller above that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, terminal, glabrous, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, laxly 6 to many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, subacute floral bracts carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Habenaria bakeriana King & Pantl.1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria bakeriana drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002;