Herminium josephi Rchb.f. 1872

Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Photo by Bhutan Orchid Adventures Website

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Common Name Joseph's Herminium [Hooker's Herminium British Botanist 1800's] - In China Kuan Luan Jiao Pan Lan

Flower Size .2 to .25" [5 to 7mm]

Found in China, eastern Himalayas, western Himalayas, Nepal and Bhutan in open grassy clearings in juniper forests at elevations of 2490 to 4500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with globose-ovoid tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2 occasionally 3, basal, subopposite, linear-oblong to oblong-elliptic, subacute to acute, sessile leaves in the lower third and ebracteate above that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, 1.6 to 3.4" [4 to 8.5 cm] long, densely to subdensely many flowered inflorescence with small, ovate, subacute, floral bracts.

Synonyms Herminium duthiei Hook.f. 1890; Herminium forrestii Schltr. 1912; Herminium grandiflorum Lindl. ex Hook.f. 1890; Monorchis duthiei (Hook.f.) O.Schwarz 1949; Monorchis forrestii (Schltr.) O.Schwarz 1949; Monorchis josephi (Rchb.f.) O.Schwarz 1949

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as H duthiei; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(2): 123128. Ponert Vuong & etal 2015 as Androcorys josephii drawing/photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(2): 123128. Ponert Vuong & etal 2015 as Peristylis duthei; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide