It’s a small group of mostly terrestrial, and a few epiphytic, miniature orchids.
The genus is abbreviated as Pln in the industry.
This genus is very easy as a houseplant or in the cold greenhouse, provided that the hibernation is respected.
It is very suited for beginners.
Pleione are sympodial.
They have pseudo-bulbs with 1 or 2 leaves of 15-30 cm long. From each pseudobulb grow a single new leaf and single flower.
The pseudo-bulbs are relatively large, spongy, bulbous or ampulliform, narrowed at the top.
The leaves fall off in autumn and the plant undergoes a vegetative rest until the following spring.
Then a new pseudo-bulb forms, from which a new leaf and a new flower grow.
Mountains and foothills of the Himalayas in India, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China.
In well-drained sites and on moss-covered rocks, between 600 and 4,200 m altitude.
Pleione is a nymph in Greek mythology, one of the 3,000 daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She lived in a southern region of Greece called Arcadia, on a mountain called Mount Kyllini. She married Atlas and gave birth to the Hyades, Hyas and the Pleiades.
The genus includes about 20 species:
- Pleione saxicola
- Pleione scopulorum
- Pleione vietnamensis
- Pleione yunnanensis
And a few natural hybrids:
- Pleione × barbarae (P. bulbocodioides × P. grandiflora) (China – Z.O. Yunnan tot N. Vietnam)
- Pleione × christianii (P. yunnanensis × P. forrestii) (China – W. Yunnan)
- Pleione × confusa (P. albiflora × P. forrestii) (China – W. Yunnan)
- Pleione × kohlsii (P. aurita × P. forrestii) (China – W. Yunnan)
- Pleione × lagenaria (P. maculata × P. praecox) (Assam tot China – W. Yunnan)
- Pleione × taliensis (P. bulbocodioides × P. yunnanensis) (China – W. Yunnan)