Foxtail Orchid   
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Foxtail Orchid
ative oblong Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Foxtail Orchid, Blunt Rhynchostylis • Hindi: द्रौपदी माला Draupadi mala • Manipuri: ꯁꯝꯖꯤꯔꯩ Samjirei • Marathi: गजरा Gajara, सीतेची वेणी Seetechi veni • Konkani: Panas koli • Kannada: Seethaali Dande
Botanical name: Rhynchostylis retusa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

This is a medium sized, warm to hot growing species that comes from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. It is found in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests woodlands at elevations of sealevel to 700 m with stout, repent, short stem carrying to 12, curved, fleshy, deeply channeled, keeld, retuse apically leaves and blooms on an axillary, pendant, to 60 cm long, racemose, densely many flowered, cylyndrical inflorescence that occurs in the winter and early spring and requires even water and fertilizer year round.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Maram, Manipur.

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