Risleya atropurpurea King & Pantl. 1898

Photo by Jin Xiaohua


Plant and Flowers in situ China

Photos by The Chinese Field Herbarium Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by King and Pantling

Common Name The Dark Purple Risleya - In China Zi Jang Lan

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Sichuan, Xixang and Yunnan provinces of China as well as Bhutan, Sikkim and Myanmar in forests and thickets at elevations of 2900 to 4000 meters as a mini-minaiture to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a narrowly conic to cylindric, fleshy rhizome giiving rise to a dark purple stem with 3, basal, tubular, amplexicaul, membraneous sheaths that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2.4 to 8.4" [6 to 21 cm] long, densely 15 to 40 flowered inflorescence with triangular-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, membraneous floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & cribb 2002 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide