Cephalanthera alpicola Fukuy. 1938

Plant and Flowers in situ Taiwan

Photos by Mingiweng and Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Alpine Cephalanthera - In China Gao Shan Tou Rui Lan

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in north and central Taiwan in dry open forests and alpine meadows at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender stem with several basal sheaths and carrying 5 to 8, elliptic-lanceolate to sublanceolate, slightly contracted, acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, 2.4 to 5.6" [6 to 14 cm] long, 3 to 14 flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, longer than the ovary, distal ones subtriangular, floral bracts and carrying flowers that do not open well.

Synonyms Cephalanthera taiwaniana S.S.Ying 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok