Platanthera bhutanica K.Inoue 1986

Plant and Flowers in situ Arunachal Pradesh

Photos by Magnus Liden

Collection sheet and drawing

Collection sheet by Jany Renz and The Kew Website

Partial sun Cold Summer

Common Name The Bhutan Platanthera

Flower Size 1/2 to .8" [1.2 to 2 cm]

Found in Arunachal Pradesh state of India, Bhutan and Sikkim at elevations of 3350 to 3960 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stoloniferous rhizome and a short tuber giving rise to an erect, 12" [30 cm] long, stem enveloped basally by overlapping, tubular, lanceolate, acute sheaths and carrying 3, basal ones largest, elliptic, acute, undulate margined, gradually narrowing below in to the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, laxly 5 to 6 flowered, rachis, 3.2" to 3.6" [8 to 9 cm] long inflorescence with lanceolate floral bracts with the lowermost longer than the flowers.

Kew has this one with P curvata as a synonym but I have left them separate pending more research.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002;