Neottia tenuis (Lindl.) Szlach. 1995

Drawing by R Pantling and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz HerbariaWebsite

Common Name The Slender Neottia [refers to the stem]

Flower Size .2 top .22" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas and Nepal at elevations around 3330 to 4130 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a smooth, glandular-puberulous, slender stem with 1 to 2, tubular, basal sheaths carrying 2, opposite at the stem apex, elliptic-ovate, acute, sessile leaves that blooms in the summer on a glandular-puberulous, .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, laxly 4 to 8 flowered inflorescence with membraneous, ovate, acute, single veined floral bracts.

Synonyms *Listera tenuis Lindl.1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Listera tenuis drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 Listera tenuis drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 Listera tenuis drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Crib 2002 as Listera tenuis; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Listera tenuis; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015