Bhutanthera himalayana Renz 2001

Photo by John and Hilary Birks and Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group

Part Sun Cold LATESpringSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Himalayan Bhutanthera

Flower Size .35" to .4" [7 to 9 mm]

Found in Bhutan on steep slopes and cliff edges at elevations of 4270 to 4300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with globose tubers giving rise to an erect basally sheathed, glabrous stem carrying 2, sub-opposite, lanceolate-elliptic, obtuse to subacute, finely reticulate, narrowing below into the basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an subsecund, terminal, glabrous, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, laxly 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with triangular-lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms *Habenaria albomarginata King & Pantl. 1898; Peristylus albomarginatus (King & Pant.) K.Y.Lang 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok;