Platanthera latilabris Lindl. 1835

Plant and Flowers

Drawing of Plant and Flowers Photos by Rene, Drawing by G.C. Dass and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name The Broad Lipped Platanthera - In China Bai He Shen

Flower Size .3 to .45" [.8 to 1.1 cm]

Found in Pakistan, Western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Nepal and China in scrub on open hillsides, deciduous oak forests, clearings and shady banks in disturbed secondary forests at elevations of 1600 to 3200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 4 to 5, elliptic-oblong, acute to acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, glabrous, 2.8 to 9.8" [7 to 24 cm] long, laxly 12 to many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

CAUTION The photos above are different than the drawing provided [shorter lip, shorter spur] which may be more correct but I do not have access to Lindley's original drawing and so cannot make a certain determination.

Synonyms Habenella latilabris (Lindl.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Habenaria bonatiana Schltr. 1913; *Habenaria latilabris (Lindl.) Hook.f. 1890; Platanthera acuminata Lindl. 1835; Platantheroides latilabris (Lindl.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Habenaria latilabris drawing fide for drawing, hmm for photo; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria latilabris drawing hmm for photo fide for drawing; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Habenaria latilabris drawing fide for photo, drawing hmm; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 as Habenaria latrilabris drawing ok; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 as Habenaria latilabris drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Habenaria latilabris; 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 ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;