Platanthera chiloglossa (Tang & F.T.Wang) K.Y.Lang 1994

Photo by Jin Xiaohua


Drawing by © Zang Taili and The Flora of China Website

Partial shade Cold LATER Summer

Common Name The Tongue-Shaped Lip Platanthera - In China Cha wa long she chun lan

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Tibet (ZayŁ) to China in western Sichuan and northwestern Yunnan in forests and grasslands on slopes and slong gullies at elevations of 2500 to 3300 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect to ascending, slightly stout, stem with 1 to 2 tubular, basal sheaths and carrying cauline, oblong-elliptic, basally clasping, acute leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, .8 to 4" [2 to 10 cm] long, to 10 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts with the basal ones longer than the flowers.

P chiloglossa is considered to be a synonym of P barkeriana but I have left them separate for now as they spur of P chiloglossa is so much shorter than the other and Chinese scholars keep them separate.

Synonyms *Habenaria chiloglossa Tang & F.T.Wang 1951

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide