Graceful Zeuxine
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Graceful Zeuxine
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Graceful Zeuxine
Botanical name: Zeuxine gracilis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Monochilus gracilis, Adenostylis gracilis, Psychechilos gracilis

Graceful Zeuxine is a slender terrestrial orchid. Rhizome is creeping, rooting at nodes. Leaves are 3-4, stem, 2-4 x 1-1.5 cm, ovate-oblong, pointed to blunt at tip, round at base; leaf-stalk sheathing. Flowers are borne at branch-ends in racemes, flowering to the upper part. Floral bracts are 0.3-0.5 cm long, tapering. Flowers are 2-3 mm across, hardly opening. Sepals and petals are about 3 mm long. Lip is 0.35-0.4 cm long; lateral lobes small, saccate; mid-lobe 2-fid, entire on margins. Pollinia 2. Flower-stalk and ovary 0.5-0.6 cm long. Capsule oblong, 0.8-1 x 0.2-0.3 cm. Graceful Zeuxine is found in India and Malesia. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Agumbe, Karnataka.

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