Pogonia gammieana Hook.f.
Leaf and inflorescence bearing scape alternating. Leaf solitary, with 10-15 cm long petiole, blade flabellate-orbicular to cordate, up to 12 cm in diam., veined fan-like, acuminate, margin wavy, glabrous, deeply cordate at base. Scape with 3 tubular, closely adpressed sheaths, 10-30 cm tall. Terminal inflorescence dense. Bracts linear-lanceolate, deflexed, exceeding ovary. Flowers drooping. Sepals and petals subequal, pink, with darker and whitish lines, spathulately-lanceolate, ± connivent or slightly spreading, up to 20-25 mm long. Labellum greenish or yellowish-white, as long as sepals, slightly saccate at base, when spread out elliptic-obovate, lower half (hypochile) convolute, embracing the column, white, with 2 short triangular side-lobes and two central parallel ridges; anterior half (epichile) with crenulate margin, hairy above, with 3 central parallel ridges, greenish. Column 10-15 mm long, white with dark purplish apex. Ovary with 3 mm long stalk, both winged.
Fl. Per.: May-July, leaves in July-August.
Type: Botanical Garden, Calcutta, from Sikkim Cinchona Plantation, cult. in Kew (tubers from Mr. Gammie).
Distribution: Himalaya from Pakistan to Sikkim at elevation from 500-1000 m.