Platanthera oreophila Schltr.1924

Photo by Jin Xiaohua

Partial shade Cold LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Mountain Loving Platanthera - In China - Chi ban she chun lan

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southwestern Sichuan and western Yunnan provinces of China on forested slopes at elevations of 1900 to 3800 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a cylindric tuber giving rise to an erect, stou stem enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular, basal sheaths and carrying 4, cauline, elliptic to lanceolate, subacute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, peduncle provided with 3 to 5 bracts, rachis 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] longm densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, basal ones longer thna the flowers, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms *Habenaria oreophila W.W.Sm. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide