Taxonomic revision of the Pleione D. Don in North East India
K. Chowlu & Khyanjeet Gogoi
Pleione is one of the beautiful orchid genera that exhibits diverse shapes, colours and morphological characteristics. This study presents a taxonomic revision of the genus in North East India. The revision is based on the examination of dried specimens from 4 herbaria, together with observations of live plants made during field trips to different regions of the North East. The taxonomic estimate of selected morphological characters is surveyed, as are ecological elements, and occurrence patterns in North East India. Seven species are accepted, whereas the only report of Pleione × lagenaria Lindley & Paxton from North East India is considered doubtful. Full taxonomic accounts are provided for the genus and species, including key to the species. All accepted species are represented by photograph with line drawings.
Pages : 128-145
Keywords: conservation, description, distribution, Epidendroideae.