Curled-Lip Zeuxine
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Curled-Lip Zeuxine
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Curled-Lip Zeuxine
Botanical name: Zeuxine reflexa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Curled-Lip Zeuxine is a small sized, terrestrial orchid with a fleshy stem, carrying narrowly-ovate, pointed, shortly stalked base leaves, which wither at blooming. The plant blooms in the spring on an erect, laxly to somewhat densely to 15 flowered inflorescence with reddish brown, ovate-lanceshaped, margin fringed with hairs, tapering almost as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying inverted flowers. Flowers are up to 5 mm long; sepals green, petals white, lip yellow, sac white; flower-stalk and ovary stalkless, about 6 mm long. Sepals are similar, ovar-lanceshaped, concave, 4.5-5 mm long. Petals lanceshaped, blunt, 4 mm long. Lip exceeding the sepals, sac-like at base, with a single blader callus on each side within, 6-7 x 2-2.5 mm long. Curled-Lip Zeuxine is found in Western Ghats, Himalaya, Thailand to China, at altitudes of 1000-1300 m.

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

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