Pleione forrestii Schltr. 1912 SECTION Pleione

Specimen Plant

Photos by David Llewelyn, Koolplants

Lip Detail

Photos by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Part sunColdLATEWinterto EARLYSpring

Common Name Forrest's Pleione [English Plant Collector China 1900's] - In China Huang Hua Do Suan Lan

Flower Size 3 1/4" [8 cm]

Found in Myanmar and northwestern Yunnan province of China on moss-covered boulders and cliffs in shady side valleys at elevations of 2200 to 3100 meters as a mat building, small sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with narrow-ovoid or conical, dark green pseudobulb that can be flushed basally by dark purple and carries a single, apical elliptic-lanceolate leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, to 2 3/4" [7cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that arises before the leaves of the next growth.

Synonyms Pleione alba H.Li & G.H.Feng 1984; Pleione forrestii f. alba (H.Li & G.H.Feng) Torelli & Riccab. 2000; Pleione forrestii var. alba (H.Li & G.H.Feng) P.J.Cribb 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Pleione Cribb & Butterfield 1988 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 4 1998; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 4 1998; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; 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 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as P forrestii var alba; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;