Herminium gracile King & Pantl. 1896

Photo by Naresh Swami and The Orchids of Sikkim Himalayas Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by R Pantling

Full shadeColdSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Herminiaum

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas and Guizhou, Qinghai and Shaanxi provinces of China in alpine forests and damp alpine grasslands at elevations of 1600 to 3900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with a fusiform tuber giving rise to an erect stem with a few basal sheaths and carrying a single, ovate, obtuse, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the summer on an erect, slender, naked, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, scattered, few flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Androcorys gracilis (King & Pantl.) Schltr. 1920; Androcorys ophioglossoides Schltr. 1919; Herminium esquirolii X.H.Jin, Schuit., Raskoti & Lu Q.Huang 2015; Monorchis gracilis (King & Pantl.) O.Schwarz 1949

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Herminium gracile drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 as Androcorys ophioglossoides; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as Herminium gracile drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 20002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Terrestrial Orchids Naresh Swami 2016 photo fide Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Androcorys ophioglossioides; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Androcorys ophioglossioides drawing fide

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