Oreorchis nana Schltr.1924

Photos by Hary Jans and his Jan's Alpines Website


Common Name The Small Oreorchis - In China Ying Ye Shan Lan

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in western Sichuan, northwestern Yunnan and western Hubei in alpine grasslands, forests and thickets on soil covered rocks at elevations of 2500 to 4000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with oblong to subovoid, 2 to 3 noded pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate to narrowly elliptic, plicate, subrounded to broadly cuneate and abruptly contracted into a distinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 3.2 to 6.4" [8 to 16 cm] long, subdensely 2 to 14 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and ovate-lanceolate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Shaanxi Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 photos fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok