Insect-Bearing Pelatanthera
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Insect-Bearing Pelatanthera
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Insect-Bearing Pelatanthera
Botanical name: Pelatantheria insectifera    Family: Orchidaceae (orchid family)

Insect-Bearing Pelatanthera is a tree-dwelling orchid with stem 20-50 cm erect, climbing, long, flexuous. Leaves are several, 2.5-4.4 x 1.5-2 cm; Inflorescence is 1.0-1.2 cm long, raceme, sub-stalkless, 2-5 flowered, curved and appearing from odd places on the stem, usually 3-5 flowered. Flowers are 1.3-1.5 cm across, attractive well spread out, greenish yellow striped red. Sepals are almost equal, 5-8 x 4-5 mm, oblong-ovate, blunt or pointed. Petals are shorter, 5-6 x 3 mm, narrower, oblong; sepals and petals greenish-yellow striped with red. Lip is 1-1.2 cm long, prominent, fleshy, 3-lobed, lateral lobes short, rounded, incurved; midlobe large, fleshy, inverted triangular-ovate with narrowedd fleshy tip, bright rose or purplish, the dorsal surface puckered. Insect-Bearing Pelatanthera is found in Himalaya to Indo-China, and Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Jharkhand.

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