Neottia alternifolia (King & Pantl.) Szlach. 1995 Drawing by R Pantling and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Alternate Leaved Neottia

Flower Size .15 to .2" [3 to 5 mm]

Found in the the eastern Himalayas at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a slender, glabrous stem with a single basal, blunt, oblanceolate sheath and carrying 2, alternate to subopposite, obovate-elliptic, at the apex of the stem leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, puberulous, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, distantly 6 to 9 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts

Synonyms *Listera alternifolia King & Pantl. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 Listera alternifolia drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Crib 2002 as Listera alternifolia; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Listera alternifolia; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing fide/photo good?

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