Nun’s Orchid, Nun’s Cap Orchid, Chinese Ground Orchid, Red Crane Orchid, Swamp lily, Veiled Nun Orch • Manipuri: Nongmai mani;

At this time of the year we are having beautiful, fragrant ground orchid named NUN’S ORCHID un our garden. The plants are in full bloom. Attaching image of the orchid. You may like it.
Primrose Dendrobium orchid is also in bloom. I have seen best of this specis at Binnaguri cantonement. 

First two is Phaius tankervilliae and the last one in my opinion is Dendrobium aphyllum (Roxb.) C.E.C. Fisch.

This is Nun’s orchid.  Botanical name : Phaius tankervillea having beautiful flowers and nice fragrance. I have a Phaius flavus which is in bud. I will send the photos as soon as it opens.

Unidentified Orchid for ID please – unfortunately I do not have a picture showing the leaves and stem. Photo from my archives.
Location: Makunda Christian Hospital campus, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 8th July 2002


Orchid for ID : 230511 : AK-3:
Taken at the Flower Show at Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai on the 18th of Feb,2011.

This is Phaius tankervillea.  I have the same orchid with me.  It is  very beautiful when in flower.

Yes this is the Nun’s orchid, Phaius tankervilleae. We recently discovered wild populations of this in Corbett.

Phaius tankervilleae from KFRI Kerala
Please confirm

Yes this is one of the variants of Phaius tankervilleae, may be this is some hybrid went unnoticed.

Orchidaceae Fortnight:: Cymbidium Sp.?? (NSJ-12) :  Attachments (1). 4 posts by 4 authors.
A Cymbidium SP??? from Sikkim (Apr-09)

No this is Phaius tankervilleae


Orchidaceae Fortnight : Phaius tankervillea : Flower Show,Mumbai : 081013 : AK-6 :  Attachments (2).  6 posts by 4 authors.
Sharing pictures of this orchid seen at the Flower Show in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai on 18/2/2011. Posted on our group earlier and identified by …

Yes … this is Phaius tankervilleae. I have one growing in our balcony and it loves the shady spot.

Yes Phaius tankervilleae.


ORCHIDACEAE FORTNIGHT:: PHIAUS SP FOR ID :: JS 05 : Attachments (2 + 1). 11 posts by 3 authors.
Phaius sp for ID from Dibang valley, Arunachal Pradesh, August 2012.

This is another strange thing. I am very sure this is Phaius tankervilleae but slight variant….

Thank you …! I felt it is different from the flower you have uploaded on FlowersofIndia, P.tankervilleae.

No I have never seen this plant in my life !!! I have seen its relative, Cyrtosia nana which is less than palm size.

Mishmi hills wonders !!! Remember, I can take you to the particular spot, in case you need to. 🙂

This species is Phaius luridus Thwaites

Phaius luridus is a plant from south India. this pic is from NE India.
This is certainly Phaius tankervilleae!!

Yes sir, I am going through the plant in Mishmi hills and also found in Assam (Lakhapani reserve forest- Very rare) it is very much differ from Phaius tankervilleae and also flowering. Resemblance with Phaius luridus.

Phaius tankervilleae is higly variable, being so wide spread. we have many plants here and if i look at them, I feel like there are 3 different species, but no, they all are one!!!

Thanks Sir, for your valuable information. I am sending you one plane. please go through it…

This is Phaius tankervilleae!! close to Phaius wallichii, but I have seen too many of both and I consider them as same!!! Spur length, colour, labellum, they all vary !!!


Identification of Orchid : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
I’m attaching herewith a photo of terrestrial orchid for your identification.
Place : Lengpui, Mizoram. Date : 14-03-2014. Habitat : Along stream.

Nice flowers, I am not aware of this…just a vague guess, is it some Pachystoma

It is Phaius tankervilleae

Yes Phaius tankervilleae


MS Oct.,2016/15 Phaius tankervilleae : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Location : Lengpui, Mizoram
Altitude :c. 400 m.
Date : 14/03/2014
Habit : Terrestrial orchid
Habitat : Growing wild on the bank of streams.
Mizo name : Phaiphak-nauban

Very nice Phaius tankervilleae and nice to see fruits too.

No one has studied pollination on this, would be nice if some one does.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Fwd: FLOWERS IN OUR GARDEN : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of flowers in our garden.


Fwd: PHAIUS KENKERVILLEAE ( NUN’S ORCHID ) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching image of a ground orchid, Phaius tankervilleae ( NUN’S ORCHID ).
At present the plant is in bloom at this place. The flowers are fragrant.

Phaius tankervilleae
Beautiful plant with nice showy and fragrant flowers.

Phaius tankervilleae (Banks) Blume : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7) – around 800 kb each.
Location:  Kathmandu, Nepal  
Date: 16 April 2018
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Habit: Cultivated

Yes sir these should be Phaius tankervilleae

Orchid for identification : (mixed thread): 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2) – around 650 kb each.
Dendrobium species Honey valley Coorg Karnataka, December 2018

Phaius tankervilleae !



Orchidaceae fortnight :: Phaius for ID :: MN4 : No images seen now. 3 posts by 3 authors.
This Phaius orchid was bought at an Exhibition in Mumbai from a vendor from Darjeeling. KIndly identify the species.

Phaius tankervilleae. Thanks for sharing. Nice plant for gardens, very easy to grow and gives very large flowers with good fragrance.


Phaius tankervilleae

May 2013 

Yes this is the true Phaius tankervilleae.


Phaius tankervilleae from Hong Kong : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Phaius tankervilleae
Family: Orchidaceae
Location: wild in Hong Kong

I am sorry, I dont know, the image on my phone looks so clear but here it is not :(. And even the pics are inverted. May I know how to improve while posting from mobile?

May be … can help in this matter. Thanks, …, for the all the beautiful postings from Hong Kong.

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Phaius tankervilleae:
Phaius tankervilleae is now Calanthe tankervilleae ??

WCSP from Kew says so.