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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Nepal to China (NW. Yunnan).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[C-EM]
Biology

Flowering in late May to July.

General Description

A dwarf terrestrial herb with a creeping underground rhizome, 1-2 mm in diameter. Stems erect, 4-11 cm long, red-villose, covered in basal part by two tubular sheaths, bifoliate at the apex. Leaves subopposite, spreading, ovate or oblong-ovate, obtuse, 2.2-8 cm long, 1.6-6.9 cm wide, long ciliate, sometimes pubescent, glossy green above, prominently three-veined beneath. Inflorescence erect, one-flowered; peduncle 1.4-4.7 cm long, villose; bract elliptic to lanceolate, acute, 2-3 cm long, 0.7-0.9 cm wide, as long as the flower and hooded over it, very shortly hairy. Flower small, the sepals and petals dull claret or bright green with claret veins on inner surface, the lip white with three longitudinal rows of purple warts on front; pedicel and ovary short, ellipsoidal, 4-5 mm long, hairy on ribs. Dorsal sepal ell~ptic-ovate,acute, 1.6-2.1 cm long, 5-8 mm wide; synsepal elliptic, bidentate, 1.6--1.8 cm long, 5 mmwide. Petals lanceolate, subacute at the apex, 1.6-1.8 cm long, 5-6 mm wide. Lip hemisphaerical, with a pinched erect apical rim, 1.2 cm long, upturned at apex to hide mouth, with three longitudinallines of purple warts on the front. Column 3 mm long; staminode very small, elliptic, rounded at apex, 1.5-2 mm long.

Distribution

N. India, E. Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, China (NW. Yunnan, SE. Xizang (Tibet).

Ecology

At the edge of Abies (fir) forest and on steep slopes at the edge ofwoodland, in clearings in bamboo and Abies forest, and underJuniperos (juniper) bushes, in valley bottoms in open woodland in deep leafmould on limestone; 2800-4400 m. Flowering in late May to July.

Native to:

China South-Central, East Himalaya, Nepal, Tibet, West Himalaya

Cypripedium elegans Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
King, G. [54] K000077965 holotype

First published in Flora 69: 561 (1886)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lucksom, S.Z. (2007). The orchids of Sikkim and North East Himalaya: 1-984. S.Z.Lucksom, India.
  • Manilal, K.S. & Kumar, C.S. (eds.) (2004). Orchid Memories A tribute to Gunnar Seidenfaden: 1-265. Mentor Books, Calicut.
  • Ormerod, P. & Kumar, C.S. (2003). Orchidaceous additions to the Flora of Burma (Myanmar) Rheedea 13: 43-50.
  • Wu, Z. & Hong, D. (eds.) (2009). Flora of China 25: 1-570. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Literature

Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org

  • Reichenbach, H.G. Original description of Cypripedium elegans. 69, (1886).

Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org
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