Platanthera cumminsiana (King & Pantl.) Renz 2001 Drawing by © R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial sun Cold Summer

Common Name Cummin's Platanthera [British Museum Curator 1900's]

Flower Size .16" to .24" [4 to 6 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas at elevations around 3660 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a cylindric tuber giving rise to an erect, somewhat flattened, glabrous, basally leafy stem with a basal tubular sheath and carrying 3 to 4, sessile, acute to subacute, broadly elliptic to lanceolate, margins weakly undulate leaves that blooms in the summeron an erect, terminal, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, 8 to 15 flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms *Habenaria cumminsiana King & Pantl. 1895; Habenella cumminsiana (King & Pantl.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap 2006; Platantheroides cumminsiana (King & Pantl.) Szlach 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria cumminsiana drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing differs but ok;