Angled Tropidia
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Angled Tropidia
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Angled Tropidia
Botanical name: Tropidia angulosa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Tropidia calcarata, Tropidia bellii, Tropidia barbeyana

Angled Tropidia is a small to just medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial orchid with a thin and woody sometimes basally branching stem enveloped loosely by 4 sheaths. The plant carries 2, or rarely 3, apical, pleated, ovate, tapering, basally clasping leaves. Flowers are borne at branch-ends, in erect, 11 cm long, densely 20-30-flowered inflorescence with narrowly triangular, pointed floral bracts. Flowers are white, dorsal sepal narrowly oblong, pointed; lateral sepals oblong, pointed, fused nearly to the tip forming a mentum enclosing the lip; petals oblong, blunt; lip 20 x 1 mm, inverted-fiddle-shaped, blunt; spur cylindric; column short; pollinia 2, club-shaped. Angled Tropidia is found in Eastern Himalayas, Western Ghats, Indo-Malesia, at altitudes of 100-1800 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, District Kannur, Kerala.

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