Herminium alaschanicum Maxim. 1887

Photo by Susan Kelley and the Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Orchid Website

Part shade Cool Cold LATESpring SummerEARLY Fall

Common Name The Alas Shan Herminium [Mountain in China] - in China Lie Ban Jiao Pan Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [8mm]

Found in Mongolia, China and the Chinese Himalayas in alpine forests or scrubby grasslands along valleys at elevations of 1800 to 4500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a globose tuber giving rise to an erect, glabrous stem carrying 2 to 4, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, erect, spreading, acute to acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the amplexicaul base leaves that blooms in the late spring through early fall on an erect, terete, [4 to 27 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, erect, spreading, caudate apically, lower ones longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Monorchis alaschanica (Maxim.) O.Schwarz 1949; Peristylus alaschanicus (Maxim.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Shaanxi 2007 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide