Hemipilia alpestris (Fukuy.) Y.Tang & H.Peng 2015 Hemipilia sect. Alpestres Y. Tang & H. Peng 2015

Photo by J.J.Merry and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Flower and Plant in situ Taiwan Photo by Judymonkey and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part ShadeCold EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Mountain Loving Hemipilia - In China Tai Wan Wu Zhu Lan

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in north and central Taiwan in alpine grasslands and rocky patches at elevations of 2500 to 3800 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to subglobose tubers giving rise to a stem with 2, basal, tubular sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, cauline, erect to porrect, usually widely spaced, oblanceolate to linear, acute leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, 1.6" [4 cm] long, 2 to 4 flowered, ebracteate inflorescence with a green or purple, lanceolate, slightly shorter than the ovary, acuminate floral bract

Synonyms Amitostigma alpestre Fukuy. 1935; Orchis alpestris (Fukuy.) S.S.Ying 1975; Ponerorchis alpestris (Fukuy.) X.H.Jin, Schuit. & W. Jin 2014

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; Phylogeny and classification of the East Asian Amitostigma alliance (Orchidaceae: Orchideae) based on six DNA markers Ying Tang, Tomohisa Yukawa, Richard M Bateman, Hong Jiang & Hua Peng 2015