Hemipilia lepida (Rchb.f.) Y.Tang, H.Peng & T.Yukawa 2015 Hemipilia sect. Ponerorchis Y. Tang & H. Peng 2015

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Full Shade Cool Cold LATEWinter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Hemipilia - In Japan - Okinawa-chidori - Ryukyu-chidori and Okinawa-hina-ran

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the Ryukyu Islands and Japan in fields as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a small, ovoid tuber giving rise to a slender stem carrying 2 to 3, usually basal, occasionally with one cauline, rather thin, linear-oblanceolate, to narrowly obovate-oblong, acute, tapering to a subpetiolate base leaves blooming in the late winter and spring on a laxly few flowered, racemose inflorescence with broadly lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Amitostigma lepidum (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1919 Galearis ferrieana (Kraenzl.) P.F.Hunt 1971; *Gymnadenia lepida Rchb.f. 1878; Orchis ferrieana Kraenzl. 1915; Orchis lepida (Rchb.f.) So 1929; Ponerorchis lepida (Rchb.f.) X.H.Jin, Schuit. & W.T.Jin 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Gymnadenia lepida; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #1 2015 photo 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; photo fide