Platanthera souliei Kraenzl. 1908

Plant and Flowers in situ Photos by Sue Kelly and the Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Orchid Website

Part shade Cold LATESpringSummer

Common Name Soulie's Platanthera [French Plant Collector and Missionary late 1800's and early 1900's] - In China Qing Ting She Chun Lan

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found Yunnan Province China in forests along gullies at elevations of 3000 to 4300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with fleshy rhizomes giving rise to a thick erect stem carrying 1 to 2 lower tubular sheath, then 2 to 3 lower, obovate to elliptic, erect, spreading, obtuse, gradually constricted below into the amplexicaul base leaves that are large, and a few smaller bracteal leaves above that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Said to be a synonym of P fuscescens, but if P fuscescens is correct in this work then this is another species named P souliei.

Synonyms Perularia souliei (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1919; Tulotis souliei (Kraenzl.) H.Hara 1955

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;