Hemipilia kiraishiensis (Hayata) Y.Tang & H.Peng 2015 Hemipilia sect. Alpestres Y. Tang & H. Peng 2015

Photos by Olvwu and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Partial shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Kiraishi Hemipilia - In China Qi Lai Xiao Hong Men Lan

Flower Size .6" [1.4 cm]

Found in Taiwan in alpine grasslands and scree slopes at elevations of 3000 to 3900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with subglose to ovoid tubers giving rise to 1 to 2, tubular, membrtaneous, basal sheaths and carrying cauline, alternate, clustered to widely spaced, green, linear to linaer-lanceolate, glabrous, acute to acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, pale green, 1.6 to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with green to purple, lanceolate, lower one excveeding the ovary, acuminate apcially floral bracts

Synonyms Chusua kiraishiensis (Hayata) P.F.Hunt 1971; *Orchis kiraishiensis Hayata 1920; Orchis nanhutashanensis S.S.Ying 1990; Ponerorchis kiraishiensis (Hayata) Ohwi 1936

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Ponerorchis kiraishiennsis; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Ponerorchis kiraishiennsis drawing 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;