Adder Mouth Orchid
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Adder Mouth Orchid
ative elliptic Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Adder Mouth Orchid
Botanical name: Dienia cylindrostachya    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Malaxis cylindrostachya, Microstylis cylindrostachya

Adder Mouth Orchid is an erect orchid, 15-35 cm tall, with ovoid pseudobulbs. It has a solitary elliptical leaf at the base. The infloroscence is a slender spike of very numerous, tiny yellowish-green flowers. Flowers are 3 mm, with cup shaped sepals. Petals are linear, with forward-projecting lip and thick, nearly circular basal lobes. The apex is narrow-lancelike. Occurs at altitudes of 2500-4000 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Jagdeep Verma Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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