Platanthera contigua Tang & F.T.Wang 1940

Photo by Jin Xiaohua


Drawing by Wu Zhanhua

Common Name The Adjoining? Platanthera In China - Chang Bao Jian Lan

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in northwestern Yunnan province of China in bamboo forests at elevations around 3200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slightly curved stem with up to 5 tubular basal sheaths and carrying 1 to 3, spathulate to lorate-spathulate, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, secund, to 2.2" [5.5 cm] to 10 flowered inflorescence and has 2 to 3, lanceolate, foliaceous, sterile bracts and lanceolate, longer than the ovary, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Diphylax contigua (Tang & F.T.Wang) Tang, F.T.Wang & K.Y.Lang 1994*Platanthera contigua Tang & F.T.Wang 1940

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Diphylax contigua; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Diphylax contigua drawing fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide