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Plants 9-45 cm tall. Leaves 4-6, forming a rosette at apex of pseudostem; ligule ca. 0.5 mm; leaf blade narrowly lanceolate to linear, usually falcate, 10-22 cm long, 0.4-2 cm wide, glabrous, apex acute to acuminate. Inflorescence with peduncle enclosed by or shortly exserted from leaf sheaths; bracts elliptic, 3.3-7 cm, basal one tubular. Flowers purple or white, usually opening one at a time. Calyx 3-4 cm, apex 2-toothed. Corolla tube 4-4.5 cm; central lobe elliptic, 1.7-3.5 cm, apex apiculate; lateral lobes linear-oblong, 2-3.5 cm. Lateral staminodes obovate to rhombic, 1.5-2.5 cm. Labellum not reflexed, obovate, 1.8-3.5 cm long, 1-2.5 cm wide, apically 2-cleft for ca. 1/2 its length; lobes emarginate at apex. Anther yellow, locules 6-9 mm; connective spur 8-9 mm. Stigma funnelform, abruptly hooked.


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Source: Plants of Tibet

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