Herminium suave Tang & F.T.Wang 1936

Plant in situ

Photos by Huamixinhua and The Flora of Sichuan and Chingqing Website


Common Name The Smooth Herminium - In China Tiao Chun Kuo Rui Lan

Flower Size

Found in southwestern Sichuan and northern Yunnan provinces of China in forests and on grassy slopes at elevations of 1700 to 3900 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with oblong tubers giving rise to an erect stem provided with 2 to 3, basal tubular sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, basal, linear, conduplicate, acute leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, peduncle 4.8 to 8.8" [7 to 10 cm] long, cylindric, slender, provided with 1 to 3, lanceolate sterile bract, rachis 2.4 to 6" [6 to 15 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria forrestii Schltr. 1912; Peristylus forrestii (Schltr.) K.Y.Lang 1987

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2009 as Peristylus forrestii;