P. vaginata is characterized by inflated (vaginate) bases to the leaf petiole. P. vaginata is currently described as having three subspecies: P. vaginata subsp. vaginata, P. vaginata subsp. eucyclia and P. vaginata subsp. normaniana. P. vaginata subsp. vaginata was found in Sikkim and the other two subspecies much further to the East. P. vaginata subsp. eucyclia is described as being mat forming, with fewer (usually 2), but larger flowers (see last 4 images), and P. vaginata subsp. normaniana is described as being creeping with even larger flowers, crimson instead of violet flowers, shorter pedicels and flower heads much larger on longer scapes to 30cm. The collection Kingdon-Ward 8573 has be incorrectly labelled a syntype along with Kingdon-Ward 8295 for P. normaniana. This is an error as only Kingdon-Ward 8295 is listed in the protologue. If you have images of this species from Sikkim or Myanmar, please contact the webmaster.