Khasi Podochilus
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Khasi Podochilus
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Khasi Podochilus
Botanical name: Podochilus khasianus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Podochilus chinensis, Podochilus intermedius

Khasi Podochilus is a miniature to small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with almost round, clustered, rising up, leafy stems enveloped completely by sheaths and carrying many, distichous, slightly dark brown when dried, narrowly oblong to narrowly oblong-lanceshaped, often more or less sickle shaped, somewhat fleshy, jointed, incurved margins, tapering to pointed apically, narrowing below into the stem-clasping, tubular base leaves. The plant blooms in the summer on a at branch-ends or lateral 3-5 mm long, 2-4 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceshaped, 3-5 veined floral bracts. Flowers are white or tinged with green, very small; flower-stalk and ovary 0.5-1 mm. Dorsal sepal ovate-lanceshaped, 2-2.2 x 1-1.2 mm, tapering; lateral sepals ovate-triangular, 2.2-2.5 mm. Petals are nearly oblong, about 1.6 x 0.7 mm; lip oblong, 1-2.4 x 0.8-0.9 mm. Khasi Podochilus is found in Bhutan, NE India, Bangladesh, N Vietnam, China, at altitudes of 400-1900 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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