Myrmechis lingulata J.D. Ya, Ting Zhang & C. Liu 2021 - A. Habit; B. Plant; C. Leaf; D. Flower; E. Inflorescence; F. Bract; G. Column and lip; H. Sepals, petals and lip; I & J. Column; K. Anther cap; L. Pollinarium.

LCDP Photo by Ji Dong Ya & C. Liu

Common Name The Strap Shaped Myrmechis [refers to the lanceolate and ligulate lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sichuan province of China in mossy places under spruce forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a creeping rhizome giving rise to an erect, slender stem carrying several, widely spaced, orbicular to ovate, obtuse to acute apically, obtuse rounded below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, sparsely villose, rachis 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with ovate, glabrous, margin ciliate, acute to acuminate apically, about half as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers that do not open well.

"M. lingulata is similar to Myrmechis chinensis Rolfe in floral morphology, but differs by having a simple and lanceolate to ligulate lip (vs. lip T-shaped), glabrous bracts and ovary (vs. sparsely villous), oblique and narrowly ovate petals (vs. ovate, not oblique)." Ji-Dong Ya etal 2021


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *New contributions to goodyerinae and dendrobiinae (orchidaceae) in the Flora of China Ji-Dong Ya, Ting Zhang, Tirtha Raj Pandey, Cheng Liu, Zhou-Dong Han, De-PingYe, De-Ming He, Qiang Liu, Lan Yang, Li Huang, Rong-Zhen Zhang, HongJiang, and Jie Cai 2021 Photo fide;