Risleya atropurpurea King & Pantl. 1898

Plant and Flowers in situ China Photos by The Chinese Field Herbarium Website

Common Name The Dark Purple Risleya - In China Zi Jang Lan

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Sichuan, Xixang and Yunnan provinces of China as well as Bhutan, Sikkim and Myanamar in forests and thickets at elevations of 2900 to 3700 meters as a mini-minaiture to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a narrowly conic to cylindric, fleshy rhizome giiving rise to a dark purple stem with 3, basal, tubular, amplexicaul, membraneous sheaths that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2.4 to 8.4" [6 to 21 cm] long, densely 15 to 40 flowered inflorescence with triangular-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, membraneous floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide