Hemipilia capitata (Tang & F.T.Wang) Y.Tang & H.Peng 2015 Hemipilia sect. Tetralobae Y. Tang & H. Peng 2015

Photo by Zhu Dahai


Drawing by Orchid Society of China Website

Common Name The Capitate Ponerorchis

Flower Size

Found in Sichuan and western Hubei provinces of China in rocky soils amd damp places in forsts at elevations of 2600 to 3600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with an ellipsoid tuber giving rise to a stem with 1 to 2, basal tubular sheaths and carrying a single, cauline, porrect, linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms on an erect, peduncle ebracteate, or with 1 occasionally foliaceous bract, rachis .4 to 1.4" [1 to 3.5 cm] long, laxly to subdensely 3 to more than 10 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, usually shorter than the ovary, acute floral bracts and carrying secund flowers

Synonyms *Amitostigma capitatum Tang & F.T.Wang 1936; Ponerorchis capitata (Tang & F.T.Wang) X.H.Jin, Schuit. & W.T.Jin 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Amitostigma capiatum; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Amitostigma capitatum; drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide; Phylogeny and classification of the East Asian Amitostigma alliance (Orchidaceae: Orchideae) based on six DNA markers Ying Tang, Tomohisa Yukawa, Richard M Bateman, Hong Jiang & Hua Peng 2015 photo fide