Pleione yunnanensis (Rolfe) Rolfe 1904 SECTION Pleione

Flower Closeup Photo by Hans Pakker

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dennis Westler.

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Common Name The Yunnan Pleione [A province of China] - In China Yun Nan Du Suan Lan

Flower Size 2 to 3 1/2" [5 to 9 cm]

Found in southwestern China in the state of Yunnan in grassy subalpine meadows, under rhododendron shrubs in deep leaf litter, among rocks in shady locations and in open pine forests at elevations of 1100 to 3500 meters as a miniature sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial with squat, conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, deciduous, lanceolate to elliptic, narrowly acuminate leaves with a petiole that blooms on an erect, basal, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that has scarious bracts and arises basally on a mature pseudobulb before the new growth appears, occuring in the late winter and spring.

Synonyms *Coelogyne yunnanensis Rolfe 1903; Pleione chiwuana T. Tang & F.T. Wang 1951; Pleione yunnanensis var. chiwuana (Tang & F.T.Wang) G.Kleinh. ex Torelli & Riccab. 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Pleione Cribb & Butterfield 1988 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

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