Tipularia cunninghamii (King & Prain) S.C.Chen, S.W.Gale & P.J.Cribb 2009

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Berthold and Terrestrial Orchid Blogpage

Deep ShadeColdSummer

Common Name or Meaning Cunningham's Tipularia [English Botanist in Asia 1800's]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas and in Taiwan at elevations around 3000 to 3500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a small pseuedobulb giving rise from it's side a single, broadly ovate, 3 nerved, sub-acute, margins undulate, slightly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, 5 to 9" [12.5 to 24.6 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence with minute, triangular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and flowers that arew confined to the upper 1/3 of the inflorescence

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination but it does fit quite well to Pantling's drawing..

Synonyms *Didiciea cunninghamii King & Prain 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Didiciea drawing good; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Didiciea cunninghamii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Didiciea cunninghamii;

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