Long-Lobed Herminium
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Long-Lobed Herminium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Long-Lobed Herminium
Botanical name: Herminium longilobatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Long-Lobed Herminium is a medium sized, terrestrial orchid with ovoid, spherical to oblong tibers giving rise to an erect stem with 2 basal, tubular sheaths and few well-spaced near middle, linear to oblong, tapering leaves. The plant blooms on a branch-end, erect, flower-cluster-stalk cylindrical, with flower-cluster-stalk-scales 0.5x2.4 cm; 5 to 18 cm, 8 to 30 cm long overall, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceshaped, tip tapering, shorter than ovary floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers. Flowers are about 5 x 5 mm, opening widely, greenish-white. Sepals are almost equal, ovate, 2.0 x 1.5 mm, somewhat pointed, concave. Petals are lanceshaped, 2.0 x 1.5 mm, tip almost pointed. Lip is much longer than the other perianth lobes, oblong, 3-lobed, widened at base, with a callus at base of attachment to the column, midlobe short, lanceshaped, blunt; lateral lobes 1 cm long, more than 10 times longer than the midlobe, thread-like, uncoiled. Long-Lobed Herminium is found in E. Nepal to Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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