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.
Very beautiful. Pleione humilis
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 WCSP IPNI GBIF (High resolution specimens) Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal Flowers of India India Biodiversity Portal Bhutan Biodiversity Portal Naresh Swami IOSPE Photos travaldo