Pachystoma pubescens Blume, Bijdr. 376, t. 3, f. 29 1825. (Syn: Apaturia chinensis Lindl.; Apaturia lindleyana Wight; Apaturia montana Lindl.; Apaturia senilis Lindl.; Apaturia smithiana Lindl.; Epipactis scariosa Buch.-Ham. ex Wall. [Invalid]; Eulophia hirsuta J.Joseph & Vajr.; Eulophia holtzei F.Muell.; Graphorchis holtzei (F. Muell.) Kuntze; Graphorkis holtzei (F.Muell.) Kuntze; Neottia pantanis Korth. ex BlumePachychilus chinensis (Lindl.) Blume; Pachychilus montanus (Lindl.) Blume; Pachychilus pantanus Blume; Pachychilus pubescens (Blume) Blume; Pachychilus senilis (Lindl.) Blume; Pachychilus smithianus (Lindl.) Blume; Pachychilus speciosus Blume; Pachystoma affine Schltr.; Pachystoma brevilabium Schltr.; Pachystoma chinense (Lindl.) Rchb.f.; Pachystoma chinense var. formosanum (Schltr.) S.S.Ying; Pachystoma chinensis (Lindl.) Rchb. f.; Pachystoma edgworthii Rchb.f.; Pachystoma formosanum Schltr.; Pachystoma fortunei Rchb.f.; Pachystoma gracile Schltr.; Pachystoma hirsuta (J.Joseph & Vajr.) C.S.Kumar & Manilal; Pachystoma holtzei (F.Muell.) F.Muell.; Pachystoma josephi Rchb.f.; Pachystoma lindleyanum (Wight) Rchb.f.; Pachystoma montanum (Lindl.) Rchb.f.; Pachystoma pantanum (Blume) Miq.; Pachystoma papuanum Schltr.; Pachystoma parvifolium Rchb.f.; Pachystoma pubescens var. gracile (Schltr.) N.Hallé; Pachystoma senile (Lindl.) Rchb.f.; Pachystoma smithianum (Lindl.) Rchb.f.; Pachystoma speciosum (Blume) Rchb.f.; Pachystoma wightii Rchb.f.);
Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to SW. Pacific as per WCSP;

Terrestrial herbs, with ‘V’-shaped tuber, leafless when flowering. Leaves 1 or 2, linear, to 20 x 1.5 cm; scape above ground portion 25-40 cm long. Flowers 3-8, towards the apex of scape, pink-purple; bracts 1.5-2.5 x 4 mm, ovate, long-acuminate; sepals pubescent outside, subsimilar; dorsal sepal 12.1 x 4.1 mm, elliptic-oblong, acute, 5-veined; lateral sepals 12.1 x 4 mm, oblong-lanceolate, acute, 5-veined; petals 13 x 1-2.5 mm, oblanceolate-oblong, obliquely acute, 3-5-veined; lip 11 x 4-8 mm, 3-lobed; side lobes obliquely ovate, obtuse; midlobe 4.5 x 4 mm, oblong, obtuse; disc ridged, base saccate.

Flowering and fruiting: January-March
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Presenting few images of Aphyllorchis montana syn A.prainii  (Orchidaceae) 

I think the images match the description of Aphyllorchis prainii contained  in the Digital Flora of Karnataka that further gives a reference to Aphyllorchis montana as per the Plant List.



Habit:Grassy herb with erect unbranched leafless stem. 

Habitat:Terrestrial,evergreen forest floor among leaf litter 

Sighting:Kempuhole forest,Shirady Ghat,near Sakaleshpur,Karnataka about 900 msl 


What a Beauty!! Thanks for sharing 

Very interesting and greetings from Savannakhet, Laos. Interesting that your plant is flowering now as it flowers in April.
This is Pachystoma pubescens.


Terrestrial orchid from Teressa ID…: 4 images.
In Feb 2018 I have collected this terrestrial orchid from Teressa Island grassland habitat. Photos attached for Identification. Need Identification help.

Very beautiful.
Pachystoma pubescens. Where is Teressa?

Teressa Island is in Nicobar Group.


Pachystoma pubescens ?? at Kaghinare karnataka Bisle Ghat: PKA5: 4 images.
Seen this herb in grassland near Kaghinare -Bisle ghat region, Karnataka.
Could this be Pachystoma pubescens ??

Yes its similar.

Yes !




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