Platanthera sikkimensis (Hook.f.) Kraenzl. 1899 Photo by S. Z. Lucksom and Orchids of Sikkim and norteastern Himalayas

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Sikkim Platanthera

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; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 Drawing/photo fide;