Galearis wardii (W.W.Sm.) P.F.Hunt 1971

Photo by the Asian Flora Orchidaceae Website

Part sun Cold LATE Spring

Common Name Ward's Galearis [English Plant collector in south China earlier 1900's] - In China Ban Chun Kui Hua Lan

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas at elevations of 2400 to 4500 meters as a mature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a slender, elongate, creeping rhizome giving rise to an erect, rather stout stem with 1 to 2, cylindrical sheaths and carrying 2, broadly elliptic, rounded to acute, gradually narrowing into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terminal, racemose, 1.2" [ 3 cm] long, 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence with floral bracts that are longer than the flowers

Synonyms *Orchis wardii W.W.Sm. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo ok; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photo ok; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide