Tainia minor Hook.f. 1890 Photo by Chinafield and Chinese Plant Website

Plant and Flower

Photo by Wild Orchids In Japan WebPage

Full shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Insignificant Tainia - In China Dian Nan Dai Chun Lan

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Bhutan and Myanmar in deep, shady forests at elevations of 2000 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a cylindric, basally expanded pseudobulb carrying a single, elliptic, acuminate, thin, plicate, many veined, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 2.8 to 72" [7 to 18 cm] long, 5 to 16 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 4 sheaths and has triangular, spreading floral bracts and carrying mostly simultaneous opening, resupinate flowers


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