Broadleaf Tainia
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Broadleaf Tainia
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Broadleaf Tainia
Botanical name: Tainia latifolia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Ania latifolia, Mitopetalum latifolium

Broadleaf Tainia a medium sized, terrestrial orchid. The stout, creeping rhizome produces oblique and narrowly tapering, up to 10 cm long pseudobulbs, enveloped by membranous sheaths. The leaves are leathery, pleated, up to 30 cm long and 12 cm broad, and with a short leaf-stalk. Inflorescences develop at the base of the pseudobulbs and may reach about 1 m long. Flowers are laxly and irregularly implanted, some alone, others in groups along the axis, and pointing in almost all directions. Sepals and petals are purplish-brown, linear blunt; lip yellow, fan-shaped with recurved side-lobes, and three longitudinal keels. Flowers are fragrant, about 4 cm across. Broadleaf Tainia is found in NE India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, C and S Taiwan, at altitudes of 700-1400 m. Flowering: March.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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