Platanthera clavigera Lindl. 1835 Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower Photo by Bhutan Orchid Adventures Website

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Common Name The Club Carrying Platanthera - In China Zang Nan She Chun Lan

Flower Size 3/8" [7 to 8 mm]

Found in China, western Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal and Bhutan in open grassy clearings in juniper forests at elevations of 2800 to 4500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with globose-ovoid tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2 occasionally 3, basal, subopposite, linear-oblong to oblong-elliptic, subacute to acute, sessile leaves in the lower third and ebracteate above that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, 1.6 to 3.4" [4 to 8.5 cm] long, densely to subdensely many flowered inflorescence with small, ovate, subacute, floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria clavigera (Lindl.) Dandy 1930; Habenaria densa Wall. ex Lindl. 1835; Habenella clavigera (Lindl.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Habenella densa (Wall. ex Lindl.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Platanthera densa (Wall. ex Lindl.) So 1929; Platantheroides clavigera (Lindl.) Szlach 2004; Platantheroides densa (Wall. ex Lindl.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria densa drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as habenaria densa; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as P densa; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 as Habenaria clavigera drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing hmm

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