Pleione bulbocodioides (Franch.) Rolfe 1903 SECTION Pleione Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Marius Wasbauer Copyright


Common Name The Bulbocodium-Like Pleione [A genus in the Iridaceae] - In China Du Suan Lan

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Yunnan China on mossy rocks or in stony soils on shrubby to thinly wooded slopes or on damp cliffs at elevations of 900 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with clustered, narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, plicate leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a single flowered, 3 to 8" [7.5 to 20 cm], sheathed inflorescence that arises at the same time as the leaf.

Considered by some to by conspecific with P plenoides and P limprichtii but now accepted as separate species within the P bulbocodioides complex which includes P bulbocodioides, P limprichtii, P plenoides, P formosana, and P chunii .

Synonyms *Coelogyne bulbocodioides Franch. 1888; Coelogyne delavayi Rolfe 1896; Coelogyne henryi Rolfe 1896; Coelogyne pogonioides Rolfe 1896; Pleione communis Gagnep. 1931; Pleione delavayi (Rolfe) Rolfe 1903; Pleione fargesii Gagnep. 1931; Pleione ganchuenensis Gagnep. 1931; Pleione henryi (Rolfe) Schltr. 1919; Pleione mairei Schltr. 1919; Pleione pogonioides (Rolfe) Rolfe 1903; Pleione rhombilabia Hand.-Mazz. 1936; Pleione smithii Schltr. 1924;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P pogonioides; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1967 as P henryi & P delavayi; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 4 1982 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Schlechter/Brieger 1986; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Schlechter/Brieger 1986 as P pogonioides photo ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Schlechter/Brieger 1986 as P delavayi; The Genus Pleione Cribb & Butterfield 1988 drawing/photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 4 1998 photo; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo; Native Orchids of Shaanxi - Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo fide; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 photos ok; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;