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Helfer's Short-Helmet Orchid
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Helfer's Short-Helmet Orchid
P Native Photo: Chon Ks
Common name: Helfer's Short-Helmet Orchid
Botanical name: Brachycorythis helferi    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria helferi, Platanthera helferi, Phyllomphax helferi

Helfer's Short-Helmet Orchid is a small to medium sized terrestrial orchid with elliptic-lanceshaped or ovate-lanceshaped, tapering leaves. The following characteristics distinguish this one from the other known Brachycorythis species. The lip epichile is round-ovate or broad, mostly notched at the tip and 1.2-3.3 cm in length and not very broad. The width of the petals is three times their length. Leaves are lanceshaped, up to 14 cm in length and 3-5mm in width. Plants are 15-60 cm in height. The spur has a narrow tip and is 1.0-1.2 cm, curved. Helfer's Short-Helmet Orchid is found in NE India to China and SE Asia.

Identification credit: Chon Ks Photographed in Ukhrul, Manipur.

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