Herminium handelii X.H.Jin, Schuit., Raskoti & Lu Q.Huang 2015

Photo by Jin Xiaohua

Common Name Handel's Herminium - In China - Gao Shan Lan

Flower Size

Found in Bhutan, India, Sikkim, southeastern Xizang & Yunnan provinces of China in damp alpine meadows at elevations of 4200 to 4300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with subglobose tubers giving rise to an erect stem provided with 1 to 3, basal, tubular sheaths and carrying 2, subopposite, elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate to obovate, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect peducle ridged, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence with triangular, extremely small floral bracts.

Synonyms Bhutanthera alpina (Hand.-Mazz.) Renz, 2001; *Habenaria alpina Hand.-Mazz. 1936; Peristylus alpinus (Hand.-Mazz.) K.Y.Lang 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Bhutanthera alpina; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;