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Pleione forrestii

Pleione forrestii

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Coelogyneae
SubTribe: Coelogyninae
Genus: Pleione
Species: P. forrestii
Alliance:
Binomial name
Pleione forrestii
Schltr. 1912


Pleione forrestii is a species of Pleione found in East Asia.

DescriptionEdit

Plant blooms from late winter to spring with a single 8 cm wide flower.

This species is often confused with the natural hybrid Pleione × confusa. The true Pleione forestii is distinct by having yellow flowers and a lip- callus of five to seven entire lamellae.[1] It differs from the hybrid by having slightly smaller flowers with more falcate and acute petals and lateral sepals, and alo lamellae on the lip.[1] The flowers come in colors of yellow, bright orange, cream yellow, and white.[1]

DistributionEdit

Plant is found growing in mossy boulders, cliff sides, and valleys in northern Myanmar and west Yunnan Province China at elevations of 2200 to 3100 meters.[1]

CultureEdit

Plant goes dormant in the late fall to early spring. Pot plants in a mix of bark and sphagnum moss, or in 50% peat and 50% perlite. Mix should retain moisture and should be well drained. Plants should be watered constantly during growing season. Stop watering when leaves drop. Plant should be misted lightly and potting media should be kept dried during dormancy in the fall. Keep plant cool from 16° to 75°F during growing season and cold during dormancy form 50° to 25°F. Grow in diffused light and fertilize at half strength during summer.

NamingEdit

Common name: Forrest's Pleione

SynonymsEdit

  1. Pleione alba H.Li & G.H.Feng 1984
  2. Pleione forrestii f. alba (H.Li & G.H.Feng) Torelli & Riccab. 2000
  3. Pleione forrestii var. alba (H.Li & G.H.Feng) P.J.Cribb 1999

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cribb, Phillip, and Ian Butterfield (1988). The Genus Pleione (Timber Press). 

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