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Cautleya cathcartii Bak.


Description from Flora of China

Pseudostems purplish, 45--55 cm. Leaves ± sessile; ligule 5--6 mm, membranous, apex rounded or truncate; leaf blade lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, 10--20 × 1.5--4 cm, glabrous, base subrounded or attenuate, apex caudate. Spikes 15--20- or more flowered; bracts green, oblong, shorter than calyx. Flowers orange. Calyx clavate, to 2 cm, apex 2-toothed, glabrous. Corolla tube ca. 2.5 cm; lobes ca. 1.2 cm. Lateral staminodes petaloid. Labellum ca. 2.5 cm, margin crisped, apex 2-cleft. Capsule red, ca. 6 mm in diam. Seeds angled; aril white, small. Fl. Jun.

Forest floors; 1700--2500 m. S Xizang (Nyalam Xian) [N India, ?Nepal, Sikkim].


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