Gymnadenia crassinervis Finet 1902

Plant and Flowers in situ China

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Common Name The Thick Veined Gymnadenia - In China Duan Ju Shou Shen

Flower Size .38" [9mm]

Found in western Sichuan and northwest Yunnan provinces of China in thickets and crevices on rocky slopes at elevations of 2000 to 3800 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers with a few slender lobes giving rise to an erect, stout stem with 2 to 3 tubular, basal sheaths and carrying 3 to 5, cauline, clustered, rarely widely spaced, elliptic-oblong, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, stout, 1.6 to 10.4" [4 to 26 cm] long, densely to laxly many flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, lanceolate bracts and lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, much longer than the ovary, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Gymnadenia crassinervis var. elatior Tang & F.T.Wang 1936; Herminium chiwui Tang & F.T.Wang 1940

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; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;