Platanthera japonica (Thunb. ex A. Murray) Lindl. 1835

Plant and Flowers in situ Japan

Photos by Hisanori Takeuchi and his Orchids of the World Website

Common Name The Japanese Platanthera - In China She Chun Lan

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in China, Korea, Japan and the Ryukyu Islands in forests on grassy slopes nad along hillsides at elevations of 800 to 2500 meters as a medium sied, warm to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, glabrous stem carrying 3 to 6, elliptic to oblong, herbaceous, amplexcaul and basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, racemose, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate bracts that are much longer than the very fragrant flowers

Synonyms Habenaria japonica (Thunb.) A.Gray 1859; Habenaria omeiensis Rolfe 1896; *Orchis japonica Thunb. ex A. Murray 1784; Platanthera manubriata Kraenzl. ex Diels 1900; Platanthera omeiensis (Rolfe) Schltr. 1919; Platanthera setchuenica Kraenzl.1900; Tulotis japonica (Thunb.) Efimov 2008 publ. 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Native Orchids of Shaanxi - Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo fide; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 photos fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide