Platanthera sikkimensis (Hook.f.) Kraenzl. 1899

Photo by S. Z. Lucksom and the Orchids of Sikkim and northeastern Himalayas

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Sikkim Platanthera = in China Chang Ban She Chun Lan

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal at elevations of 3000 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a globose tuber giving rise to a short, ebracteate above stem with imbricating, tubular, subacute basal sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, distant, oblong-elliptic, acuter sessile base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, glabrous, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, laxly 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with large, leaf-like, linear-lanceolate, acute to acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria sikkimensis Hook.f. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habnearia sikkimense drawing fide; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Habenaria sikkimense; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2009; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 Drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide