Pleione grandiflora (Rolfe) Rolfe 1904 SECTION Pleione Photos by David Llewelyn, Koolplants

Flower Closeup Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Common Name The Large Flowered Pleione - In China Da Hua Du Suan Lan

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in the Kumaun Himalayas, China and Vietnam on cliff faces on mossy boulders in primary highland cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 3300 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial and lithophyte with an elongate hersheys kiss shaped pseudobulb carrying a single apical, plicate, thin leaf that blooms as a new growth arises in the spring on a 3" [7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying a fragrant flower.

Synonyms *Coelogyne grandiflora Rolfe 1903; Pleione pinkepankii Braem & H.Mohr 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Pleione Cribb & Butterfield 1988 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 12 2002 photo; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;