Large-Flowered Toothed-Lip Orchid
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Large-Flowered Toothed-Lip Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Large-Flowered Toothed-Lip Orchid
Botanical name: Odontochilus grandiflorus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Anoectochilus grandiflorus, Cystopus grandiflorus

Large-Flowered Toothed-Lip Orchid is a medium sized, terrestrial orchid with a decumbent, hairless stem carrying elliptic to broadly elliptic, oblique, many veined, stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the summer on an erect, sparsely velvet-hairy, 5-6.5 cm long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with 2-3 ovate bracts and ovate-lanceshaped, convolute floral bracts. Flowers are 1.4-2.4 cm long, green; sepals and petals pale green, mottled white and tipped with pink. Lip is white, mesochile teeth green, sac tinged yellow. Sepals are almost similar, 0.6-0.8 cm long, hairless; dorsal sepal ovate, concave; lateral sepals spreading, oblong, sickle shaped, nearly pointed, fused at base. Petals are 0.6-0.8 cm long, sickle shaped-inverted-lanceshaped, bluntly tapering. Lip is 1.6-1.9 cm long, 3-lobed; hypochile saccate, with 2 almost quadrate calluses, decurrent on the ovary; mesochile long-pectinate; epichile 2- lobed, lobes divergent, oblong, tips flat-erose. Large-Flowered Toothed-Lip Orchid is found in E. Himalaya to NE India. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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