Lesser Moth Orchid
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Lesser Moth Orchid
P Native Photo: Chon C.
Common name: Lesser Moth Orchid
Botanical name: Phalaenopsis wilsonii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Phalaenopsis minor, Polychilos wilsonii,

Lesser Moth Orchid is a miniature sized, growing tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with a short stem carrying 4 to 5, sometimes leafless or with 1 to 2 leaves at blooming. Leaves are sometimes purplish, reddish below when young, oblong to almost elliptic. The plant blooms in the spring on an arcuate or hanging, simple, variable length, to 20 cm long, zigzag, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers. Flowers are few, widely opened, 4-5 cm broad, widely spaced. Sepals, petals are orange-peach, colour prominent at base, mauve, lip magenta color, column white or pinkish. Dorsal sepal oblong-elliptic, about 20 x 6 mm, pointed or somewhat blunt at tip. Lateral sepals are oblique, about 16 x 7 mm, pointed at tip. Petals are spoon-shaped, elliptic or oblong-ovate, about 18 x 8 mm, blunt at tip. Clawed at lip base, lip three-lobed; lateral lobes erect, sickle-shaped, 5-8 mm, above incised-tipped keel; mid-lobe inverted-heart-shaped when spread, about 9 x 5 mm, fleshy hump, convex, notched at tip, medium keel raised at base. Capsules are 2-3 x 0.5-0.7 cm, cylindric. Lesser Moth Orchid is native to NE India to S. China and N. Indo-China. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Chon C. Photographed in Ukhrul

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