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Terrestrial herbs. Pseudobulbs ovoid-globose, ca. 4 cm long. Stems 30-70 cm tall, slender, covered at base with several leafsheaths, and with 1 or 2 bladeless sheaths near the middle. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate to oblong, 20-30 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, acuminate, glabrous, gradually narrowed to the sheathing base. Inflorescence spicate, loosely 3-7-flowered; bracts green, caducous, oblong-lanceolate, 2-3 cm long, 6-8 mm wide, acute, several-nerved, the margins scarious; flowers rose-purple, sepals and petals alike, 2.5-3 cm long, 6-8 mm wide, subacute, several-nerved, ascending; lip as long as the perianth, cuneate-obovate, with loosely involute margins, 3-lobed, the terminal lobe suborbicular, undulate on margin, with 5-elevated lines on the inner surface, the lobes loosely embracing the columninside; column ca. 2 cm long; pollinia 4 in each locule, the caudicle short.


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© Wen, Jun

Source: Plants of Tibet

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