Herminium latilabre (Lindl.) X.H.Jin, Schuit., Raskoti & Lu Q.Huang 2015

Plant and Flowers

Drawing of Plant and Flowers

Photos by Rene, Drawing by G.C. Dass and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Drawing of P cummingsiana

Drawing by R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Broad Lipped Herminium - In China Bai He Shen

Flower Size .3 to .45" [.8 to 1.1 cm]

Found in Pakistan, Western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Nepal and China in scrub on open hillsides, deciduous oak forests, clearings and shady banks in disturbed secondary forests at elevations of 1600 to 3200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 4 to 5, elliptic-oblong, acute to acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, glabrous, 2.8 to 9.8" [7 to 24 cm] long, laxly 12 to many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

CAUTION The photos above are different than the drawing provided [shorter lip, shorter spur] which may be more correct but I do not have access to Lindley's original drawing and so cannot make a certain determination.

Synonyms; Habenaria bonatiana Schltr. 1913; Habenaria cumminsiana King & Pantl. 1895 publ. 1896; *Habenaria latilabris (Lindl.) Hook.f. 1890; Habenella cumminsiana (King & Pantl.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Habenella latilabris (Lindl.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; ; Platanthera acuminata Lindl. 1835; Platanthera cumminsiana (King & Pantl.) Renz 2001; Platanthera latilabris Lindl. 1835; Platantheroides cumminsiana (King & Pantl.) Szlach. 2004; Platantheroides latilabris (Lindl.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Habenaria latilabris drawing fide for drawing, hmm for photo; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria latilabris hmm for photo fide for drawing; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Habenaria cumminsiana drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Habenaria latilabris drawing fide for photo, drawing hmm; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 as Habenaria latrilabris drawing ok; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 as Habenaria latilabris drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Habenaria latilabris; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002as Platanthera latilabris; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as Platantera cummingsiana drawing differs but ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as platanthera latilabris; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;