Pleione humilis (Sm.) D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 37 1825. (syn: Coelogyne humilis (Sm.) Lindl.; Coelogyne humilis var. albata Rchb.f.; Coelogyne humilis var. tricolor Rchb.f.; Cymbidium humile (Sm.) Lindl.; Dendrobium humile (Sm.) Sm.; Epidendrum humile Sm.; Pleione diantha Schltr.; Pleione humilis var. adnata Pfitzer; Pleione humilis var. amitii R.Pal, Dayamma & Medhi; Pleione humilis var. purpurascens Pfitzer);
Himalaya to Myanmar: Assam, East Himalaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Common name: Low Growing Pleione, Ground Growing Pleione

Epiphyte, observed as lithophytes also. Pseudo-bulbs coespitose, narrowly ovoid, tapering to the apex, enveloped partly with fibrous sheaths. Leaves membranous, elliptic, acute, tapering to the base, sessile, about 4 to 7 cm long and 3 to 3 cm in width at its centre, deciduous during flowering season. Peduncle from the base of the pseudo-bulb, enveloped in tubular sheaths. Flowers solitary, throughout white, except the lip which is speckled with brown spots and streaks. Sepals sub-equal, oblong, acute, spreading and are five nerved. Petals much narrower than the sepals but slightly longer, obtuse, three nerved. Lip shortly clawed, sub-orbicular, without side lobes, expanding into a wide mouth with emarginate apex, the disc with numerous fringed lamellae.
February and March
Sub-alpine forests, at an altitude between 6500 to 9400 ft.
(Attributions- Naresh Swami as per India Biodiversity Portal)


Pleione humilis (Sm.) D. Don: 7 very high resolution images.

Location: Godawari, Lalitpur
Date: 11 March 2021
Altitude: 2500m.
Habitat : Wild

Very beautiful. Pleione humilis


Pleione humilis (Sm.) D. Don: 2 very high res. images.

Location: Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Date: 11 March 2023
Altitude: 2681m.
Habitat : Wild 



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