Dense Peristylus
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Dense Peristylus
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Dense Peristylus
Botanical name: Peristylus densus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria neglecta, Peristylus neglectus, Coeloglossum densum

Dense Peristylus as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with sub-globose to oblong-ovoid tubers. It gives rise to an erect stem with 2-3, tubular, basal sheaths and carrying 4-6, widely spaced, ovate, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, pointed to long-pointed leaves. The plant blooms in the summer on an erect, cylindric to slightly ridged, slender to stout, 11-38 cm long inflorescence which is laxly to somewhat densely many flowered. The inflorescence has several sterile bracts and ovate-lanceolate, long-pointed floral bracts. Dense Peristylus is found in E. Himalayas, Western Ghats and SE Asia, in seasonal evergreen and pine forests and moist grasslands at elevations of 300-2100 m. Flowering: May-October.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Kas, Satara, Maharashtra.

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