Platanthera minutiflora Schltr. 1924

Plant in situ China

Photos by China Orchid Society Website


Common Name The Small Flowered Platanthera - In China Xiao Hua She Chun Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

Found in Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan Russia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Xizang and Yunnan provinces of China in forests on slopes at elevations of 2700 to 4100 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a creeping, cylindric, stoloniferous rootstock giving rise to an erect stem with 1 to 2, basal, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, basal, spathulate to elliptic-spathulate, obtuse to acute, contracted below into the clasping base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, slender, ridged, 1.2 to 3.2" [3.5 to 8 cm] long, subdensely 4 to 12 floweed inflorescence with 1 to 2 foliaceous, lanceolate bracts and lanceolate, nearly as long as the flowers, acuminate floral bracts.

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination. The drawings available to me do not have side lobes to the lip

Synonyms Lysiella nevskii Aver. 1981; Platanthera herminioides Tang & F.T.Wang 1951

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 as Lysiella nevskii; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as P herminioides; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing hmm; 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