IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

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Plants 20-37 cm tall, with a stout, short rhizome. Stem erect, glabrous or sparsely pubescent in upper part especially near nodes, with several sheaths at base and 3 or 4 leaves above. Leaf blade elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, 6-14 cm long, 1-3.5 cm wide, abaxially puberulent especially on veins, adaxially glabrous or sparsely puberulent, apex acuminate. Inflorescence terminal, with 1 flower; peduncle sparsely pubescent in upper part; floral bracts foliaceous, ovate-elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, 4-6 cm long, ca. 1.5 cm wide, both surfaces sparsely pubescent, apex acute or acuminate; pedicel and ovary 2-3.5 cm, glabrous or upper part slightly hairy. Flowers 4-6 cm in diameter, pink, purplish red, or occasionally off-white, with darker veins; staminode white with a purple stripe centrally. Dorsal sepal ovate-elliptic, 2.2-3.2 cm long, 1.2-1.6 cm wide, apex acuminate; synsepal elliptic-lanceolate, 2.2-3.2 cm long, 0.8-1 cm wide, apex shallowly 2-lobed. Petals slightly twisted or not, lanceolate, 2.2-3.2 cm long, 0.7-0.8 cm wide, adaxial base hairy, apex acuminate; lip deeply pouched, ellipsoid, 2.2-3.2 cm long, 1.5-1.8 cm wide, with a paler rim to its mouth, outer surface glabrous, inner bottom hairy. Staminode elliptic or ovate, 6-7 mm long, 3-4 mm wide, base subsessile.


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© Wen, Jun

Source: Plants of Tibet

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