Pleione aurita P.J. Cribb & H. Pfennig 1988 SECTION Pleione

Photos by David Llewelyn and the Kool Website

Another Flower

Photo by Takato Natsui and His Professor Summer's Webgarden

Another flower

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Anna S. Chai

Another Clone

Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

Common Name The Golden Pleione - In China Yan Hua Du Suan Lan [refers tothe golden calli of the lip]

Flower Size 2 1/2 to 3"

Found in Yunnan Province, China on west facing slopes in rhodedendron forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a small, cold growing, deciduous, terrestial species that has conical, angular pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical erect, acute, narrowly-elliptic, deciduous leaf that gives rise to an erect, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, slender, single flowered inflorescence arising on a new growth and having elliptic-oblanceolate, acute floral bracts, all appearing after all the leaves have fallen off the psuedobulbs and occuring in the spring. Needing a definite dry winter rest, start after the leaves begin to yellow, then refrain from fertilizer till after blooming.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 4 1998 photo as P chuni; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide;