Long-Lipped Zeuxine
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Long-Lipped Zeuxine
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Long-Lipped Zeuxine
Botanical name: Zeuxine longilabris    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Monochilus longilabris, Monochilus affinis, Haplochilus longilabris

Long-Lipped Zeuxine is a small sized terrestrial orchid with a lower creeping stem becoming erect. The plant carries leaves which are ovate to ovate-oblong, acute, hairless, 7 nerved, rounded at base. The plant blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, 2-6 cm long, few flowered inflorescence. Flowers are white can be identified by more or less coarsely toothed lobules of lip and one gland in each side of the sac. Floral bracts are ovate-lanceshaped, long-pointed, scarious, as long as the ovary floral bracts. Long-Lipped Zeuxine is found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanamar and Cambodia, growing among grasses.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa.

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