Spiranthes sunii Boufford & Wen H.Zhang 2008

Photos by David Boufford and Sun Hang and the Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Orchid Website

FragrancePart shade Warm Spring

Common Name Suni's Spiranthes - In China Song Shi Shou Cao

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Gansu province of China in remnant mixed deciduous forests in hard packed soil in pockets and crevices on ledges along streams, grasslands and mixed forests at elevations of 8oo to 900 meters a miniature to small sized, warm growing terrestrial with 5 to 7, sp[reading, elliptic to narrowly lanceolate, acute, basally contracted into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, basally sparsely glandular pubescent, distally densely so, 3.4 to 8.4" [8.5 to 21 cm] long, spirally arranged, several to many flowered inflorescence with obovate, elliptic to rhombic, sparsely glandualr pubescent, acuminate apically floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.


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 fide