Herminium humidicola (K.Y.Lang & D.S.Deng) X.H.Jin, Schuit., Raskoti & Lu Q.Huang 2015

Photo by Jin Xiaohua


Common Name The Humidity Loving Herminium

Flower Size

Found in southeastern Qinghai and Gansu provinces of China on the sides of tall sedge tussocks and on soil covered rocks in swamps and meadows at elevations of 3600 to 4500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a calabash shaped tuber giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2 to 3, nearly tufted, ovate-elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, slightly concave, acute, contracted below into a petiolate base leaves enveloped basally by 2 to tubular sheaths forming a pseudostem, that blooms in the late summer on an erect, short, scarcely exceeding the leaves, broadly corymbose, 1 to 8 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Bhutanthera humidicola (K.Y.Lang & D.S.Deng) Ormerod 2003; Frigidorchis humidicola (K.Y.Lang & D.S.Deng) Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen 2007; *Peristylus humidicola K.Y.Lang & D.S.Deng 1996;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Taiwania 48: 142 Omerod 2003 as Bhutanthra humidicola; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Frigidorchis humidicola; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Frigidorchis humidicola; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;