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Family Orchidaceae
Soldier's orchid
Zeuxine strateumatica (L.) Schltr.

Xi ye xian zhu lan

Scientific names Common names
Orchis strateumatica Linn. Centipede grass orchid (Engl.)
Spiranthes strateumatica Lindl. Soldier's orchid (Engl.)
Adenostylis integerrima Blume Lawn orchid (Engl.)
Adenostylis emarginata Blume Silk orchid (Engl.)
Adenostylis strateumatica (L.) Ames. Xi ye xian zhu lan (Chin.)
Adenostylis sulcata Lindley  
Zeuxine sulcata Lindl.  
Zeuxine emarginata Lindl.  
Zeuxine integerrima Lindl.  
Zeuxine membranacea Lindl.  
Zeuxine bracteata Wight  
Zeuxine brevifolia Wight  
Zeuxine robusta Wight  
Zeuxine tripleura Lindl.  
Zeuxine procumbens Blume  
Zeuxine strateumatica Schltr.  

Other vernacular names
CHINESE: Xian zhu lan.
JAPANESE: Kinu-ran.
VIETNAMESE: Ty trụ; Lan cỏ; Lan cói.

Zeuxine strateumatica is a terrestrial orchid. Stem is 5 to 30 centimeters tall, erect, smooth, and leafy at the top. Leaves are 2.5 to 5 centimeters long, with the margins usually recurved. Spike is 1.5 to 5 centimeters long, and densely flowered. Flowers are white, yellow, or very pale rose. Sepals are oblong, obtuse, and membranous. Petals are oblong and obtuse. Lip is yellow, equalling the sepals, cymbiform, contracted into a short, pubescent, claw-bearing, hammer-headed terminal lobe or 2 small lobes. Column is short and the rostellum short. Anther is ovate, and the pollinia pyriform. Capsule is about 7 millimeters long, and ellipsoid.

- In forests at low altitudes in the Misamis and Agusan Provinces in Mindanao.
- Occurs in Afghanistan, India, Ceylon, the Malay Peninsula, China, Assam, Japan, Java and Amboina.


In India and Bangladesh, plant is used as a salep.
Tubers and pseudobulbs used as restorative.


Last Updated April 2013

IMAGE SOURCE: Archivo:Zeuxine strateumatica (Panoso).jpg / Panoso / Licencia de Documentación Libre GNU / Wikipedia

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Zeuxine strateumatica (L.) Schltr. (accepted name) / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
Sorting Eragrostis names / Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.


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