Pleione hookeriana (Lindl.) Kuntze 1911 SECTION Humiles

Another Angle

Comparison shot of P hookeriana and P chunii

Photos by David Llewelyn and his Kool Plants Website

Full ShadeCold to CoolMIDSpringSummer

Common Name Hooker's Pleione [Director of Kew- English Orchid botanist 1800's] - In China Mao Chun Du Suan Lan

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found from the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and southern China in mixed bamboo and rhodedendron scrub on mossy rocks and trees in deep shade at elevations of 2200 to 4200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial, deciduous species with conical, clustered pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, persistent, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, acute leaf that tapers gradually to the petiolate base and blooms as the new growths are appearing in the mid-spring and summer on a slender, sheathed, 4 3/4" [12 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, obliquely truncate, obtuse floral bract.

Synonyms *Coelogyne hookeriana Lindl. 1854; Coelogyne hookeriana var. brachyglossa Rchb.f. 1887; Coelogyne schilleriana Rchb. f. 1858; Pleione hookeriana var. brachyglossa (Rchb.f.) Karth. 1989; Pleione laotica Kerr 1933; Pleione schilleriana (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Coelogyne hookeriana drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Coelogyne hookeriana; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Coelogyne hookeriana drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #5 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 10 1978 photo fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 photo/ fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 4 1984 photo ok; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger, Senghas 1985; The Genus Pleione Cribb & Butterfield 1988 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; 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 photo ok; Wulfenia 22 [2015]: 137 - 188 New Orchids in the Flora of Vietnam Averyanov, Nguyen, Tich, Nguyen, Nong, Nguyen and Xuan photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;