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 of 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 sheaths, 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 bractlike leaves above that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, peduncle provided with several lanceolate bracts, rachis elongate, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceoalte, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

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; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide