Platanthera edgeworthii (Hook.f. ex Collett) R.K.Gupta 1968

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Partial sun Warm Cool LATE Spring Summer

Common Name Edgeworth's Platanthera [British Botanist and Civil Servant in India mid to late 1800's]

Flower Size .15 to .2" [3 to 5 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Pakistan, the eastern Himalayas and Nepal in scrub on open hillides at elevations of 1200 to 3600 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with small, fusiform, ellipsoid to subglobose tubers giving rise to an erect, leafy stem carrying 3 to 4 lower broadly ovate, becoming ovate to oblong-lanceoate up the stem, bract-like above, sessile leaves that blooms in the late spring through summer on an erect, terminal, cylindric, 3.2 to 8" [8 to 20 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms *Habenaria edgeworthii Hook.f. ex Collett 1902; Habenella edgeworthii (Hook.f. ex Collett) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Platantheroides edgeworthii (Hook.f. ex Collett) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Habenaria edgeworthii drawing fide; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 as Habenaria edgeworthii drawing fide; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 as Habenaria edgeworthii drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Habenaria edgeworthii; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015