Entire-Lip Lawn Orchid
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Entire-Lip Lawn Orchid
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Entire-Lip Lawn Orchid
Botanical name: Zeuxine lindleyana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Entire-Lip Lawn Orchid is a terrestrial orchid named for John Lindley, 18th century British botanist and taxonomist, professor of botany in London University. It is similar to Lawn Orchid, but is characterized by an unlobed ovate-lanceshaped lip, mesochile with wavy margin, pointed epichile and hypochile without calli. In contrast, Lawn Orchid have distinctly 3-lobed lip, spoon-shaped or bilobed epichile, and hypochile with 2 calli. Entire-Lip Lawn Orchid also resembles Zeuxine membranacea, but can be distinguished by its smaller height, up to 14 cm, ovate-lanceshaped lip and hairless ovary while Z. membranacea is taller, up to 34 cm, has boat-shaped lip, and velvet-hairy ovary. Entire-Lip Lawn Orchid is found in East Himalaya, India, Nepal. Flowering: February-March.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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