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Fan-Shaped Belly-Lip Orchid   
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Fan-Shaped Belly-Lip Orchid
P Native Photo: M. Sulaiman
Common name: Fan-Shaped Belly-Lip Orchid
Botanical name: Gastrochilus flabelliformis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Saccolabium flabelliforme

Fan-Shaped Belly-Lip Orchid is an orchid with short stem, found growing on trees. Leaves are about 3-5 x 1 cm, oblong or linear-oblong or oblong-elliptic, leathery, tip unequally bilobed. Flowers are borne in a raceme 1.5 cm long, corymb-like, few to many flowered. Floral bracts are persistent, rough, ovate-oblong, pointed. Flowers are about 5 mm across, stalked. Sepals are obovate-oblong, fleshy, blunt, entire, hairless, light green with rose colored patches. Petals are short, narrower, obovate-oblong, fleshy, blunt, entire, hairless, light green with rose patches. Lip is minute, 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect; midlobe white with a central fleshy yellow triangle, deflexed, semi circular, outer edge minutely fringed. Column is very short. Fan-Shaped Belly-Lip Orchid is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: M. Sulaiman Photographed in Kannur, Kerala.

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