Peristylus biermannianus (King & Pantl.) X.H.Jin, Schuit. & W.T. Jin 2014

Photo by Naresh Swami and Orchids of Sikkim Himalayas/Memoirs of an Orchid Hunter Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Pantling as Habenaria biermanniana

Partial sun Cold Summer

Common Name Biermann's Peristylus [German Curator of Calcutta Botanical garden 1800's]

Flower Size .14 to .18"[3.5 to 4.5 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan and Nepal in rhododendron forests at elevations of 2000 to 3050 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a cylindric-ovoid, sparsely pubescent tuber giving rise to a slender stem enveloped by basal, overlapping, lanceolate sheaths and lanceolate, acute to acuminate stem bracts and carrying 4 to 5, distant, lanceolate, acute, clasping, strongly veined leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, rachis 1.8" to 2.8" [4.5 to 7 cm] long, laxly 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms *Habenaria biermanniana King & Pantl. 1895; Platanthera biermanniana (King & Pantl.) Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 64(2): 343 1895 as Habenaria biermanniana drawing fide; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 as Habenaria biermanniana drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as Platanthera biermanniana; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 Drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;