A terrestrial herb 22-60 cm tall, growing from a very short stout rhizome. Stems solitary, slender to stout, to 55 cm long, 3-8 mm in diameter, increasingly pubescent and glandular from the base upwards, with three to four tubular sheaths at the base and two to five leaves well-spaced along its length. Leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic, acute to acuminate, 8-18 cm long, 3.5-10.5 cm wide, glabrous above and below, sparsely ciliate on the lower margins. Inflorescence one- or rarely two-flowered; peduncle 4-15 cm long, glandular especially towards the apex; bract leaf-like, elliptic to lanceolate, acuminate, 6-9 cm long, 1.5-4 cm wide, pubescent on veins of lower side, ciliate. Flower variable in size, sepals and petals green or pale green, rarely white or pale lemon-yellow, lip white spotted with pink within, staminode yellow with red spots; pedicel and ovary (2-) 3-4 cm long, densely glandular. Dorsal sepal lanceolate, acuminate, 2.8-6 cm long, 1.4-2 cm wide, pubescent at base on inner side and on outside, ciliate towards apex; synsepal narrowly elliptic, with two free acuminate tips, 3.5-5 cm long, 1-1.7 cm wide, pubescent on outside, ciliate. Petals lanceolate or linear and tapering above, acuminate, 2.8-5.5 cm long, 0.5-1.1 cm "Wide, pubescent at base within, eciIiate. Lip porrect, somewhat ellipsoidal or globose and dorsiventrally flattened, with a small mouth, 2.5-3.5 cm long; side lobes infolded and creased. Column 1-1.5 cm long; staminode oblong-trullate, obtuse, slightly longitudinally concave, . 9 mm long, 5 mm wide, glabrous.
Flowering In July and August.
Pakistan, N. India, Nepal, Bhutan, S. Xizang (Tibet).
In wet and shady woods, open Abies (fir) forest on outskirts afforest or in open glades and in Caragana (pea shrub) and Juniperus (juniper) scrub on south-facing slopes; 2100-4000 m. Flowering In July and August.