Platanthera ophrydioides F. Schmidt 1868

Plant and Flowers in situ Japan Photos by Hisanori Takeuchi and his Orchids of the World Website


Common Name The Ophrys-Like Platanthera - In Japan Yakusima-tidori

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Japan and the Ryukyus as a small to just medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with plural, narrowly oblong tubers giving rise to 1 to 2, ovate to elliptic, blunt to acute leaves that become linear-lanceolate to bracteose above that blooms in the later summer on a tall, slender, terminal, erect, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, loosely 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms *Orchis japonica Thunb. ex A. Murray 1784; Platanthera mandarinorum f australis [Ohwi] Inoue 1982; Platanthera mandarinorum f. monophylla [Honda] Inoue 1982; Platanthera mandarinorum subsp. ophrydioides [F Schmidt] Inoue 1982; Platanthera mandarinorum var monophylla [Honda] Inoue 1982; Platanthera mandarinorum var.ophrydioides Schmidt 1868; Platanthera ophrydioides f. australis [Ohwi] Makino 1940; Platanthera ophrydioides f. monophylla [Honda] Makino 1940; Platanthera ophrydioides subsp. platycorys [Schlechter] Soo 1929; Platanthera ophrydioides var. amabilis Masam. 1868; Platanthera ophrydioides var. australis Ohwi 1936; Platanthera ophrydioides var monophylla Honda 1932; Platanthera ophrydioides var. ophrydioides 1868; Platanthera ophrydioides var. uzenensis Ohwi 1868; Platanthera platycorys Schltr. 1919; Platanthera reinii Franch. & Sav. 1878; Platanthera uzenensis (Ohwi) Maek. 1971

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974