Aragoa-Like Nervilia
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Aragoa-Like Nervilia
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Aragoa-Like Nervilia • Hindi: Sthalapadma • Marathi: Duduki • Tamil: Orilaittamarai • Malayalam: Nilattamara, Orlattamara • Sanskrit: Padmacarini
Botanical name: Nervilia aragoana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Aragoa-Like Nervilia is a peculiar terrestrial orchid, surviving by means of a 2 cm tall underground pseudobulb in the under brush of seasonally drier forests . During the growth of the inflorescence that bears 2-3 flowers ,the plant has to do with out its single egg-shaped or heart-shaped leaf with a showy brown -and -purple marking -the leaf does not develop until after the flowers fade. The flowers are about 1 in/ 2.5 cm across;their tepals are greenish yellow with lengthwise brown stripes of varying intensity . The lip is a shade lighter . The plant should be grown in a humic substrate in flowerpots. During growth ,the plant needs moisture semi -shade and ample warmth , while requiring absolute dryness and reduced temperatures in the winter. It blooms between January and April and comes from the Malayan Peninsula,nothern Thailand , Laos and Burma.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Maharashtra.

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