Goodyera Zeuxine
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Goodyera Zeuxine
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Goodyera Zeuxine
Botanical name: Zeuxine goodyeroides    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Monochilus galeatus, Monochilus goodyeroides

Goodyera Zeuxine is a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a stem with distant clasping sheaths and carrying 2 to 4, oblong-ovate, pointed, shortly stalked base leaves. Leaves are velvety green with a pure white mid-rib. The plant blooms in the summer through earlier fall on a ridged, sparsely velvet-hairy, 10-21 cm long, laxly 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence with 1-2, linear-lanceshaped bracts and ovate, tapering, equaling the ovary in length floral bracts. Flowers are resupinate, white or pink, small; ovary and flower-stalk spindle-shaped, 9-10 mm, hairless. Sepals are hairless, 1-veined; dorsal sepal ovate, concave, about 5 × 2.5 mm, tip pointed; lateral sepals spreading, narrowly oblong-lanceshaped, about 4.5 × 1-1.4 mm. Petals are white, sickle shaped, about 4.5 × 1.5 mm, tip somewhat pointed; lip white, boat-shaped, about 4.5 mm. Column is 2-2.4 mm. Goodyera Zeuxine is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 1200-2500 m, in NE India, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, SE Yunnan, Bhutan. Flowering: September-October

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Yuksom, West Sikkim.

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