Andaman Eulophia
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Andaman Eulophia
D Native Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Andaman Eulophia
Botanical name: Eulophia andamanensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eulophia keithii, Eulophia poilanei, Cyrtopera andamanensis

Andaman Eulophia is a deciduous, terrestrial orchid, with a clumping growth form. Flowers are borne in racemes which originate from the base of the pseudobulbs. The racemes can grow up to 40 cm long. Flowers have green sepals and petals and are about 3 cm across. Flower lip is white with a green margin and green or brown veins. The lip margin is wavy. Flowers are formed during the dry season. The pseudobulbs carry 6, grass-like, pointed, keeled leaves with the lower ones smaller than the upper. The pseudobulbs are stout and elliptical in shape, the leaves drop off at the start of the dry season. Andaman Eulophia is found in the Andaman Islands, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sumatra and Malaysia.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad, Aditya Gadkari Photographed in Havelock island, Andaman & Nicobar & Vijaya Gardens, Distt. Palakkad, Kerala.

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