Manipur Reed-Orchid
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Manipur Reed-Orchid
P Native Photo: Chon C.
Common name: Manipur Reed-Orchid, Fragrant Reed-Orchid • Manipuri: ꯎꯔꯩ ꯑꯄꯤꯈꯥꯛ Urei Apikhak
Botanical name: Schoenorchis fragrans    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Schoenorchis manipurensis, Gastrochilus fragrans, Saccolabium fragrans

Manipur Reed-Orchid is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a single, short, branching stem carrying, fleshy, narrowly ellipic leaves. The leaves are noticeably thick and fleshy, with purplish undersides. The plant blooms in the summer on an axilary, 1.25 cm long, arching to pendant, several to 20+ flowered raceme, with sweet scented flowers that open in succession. The flowers are bright pink, 1 cm across, long-lasting and very fragrant. Manipur Reed-Orchid is found in NE India to Indo-China, at altitudes of 500-1200 m.

Identification credit: Chon C. Photographed in Ukhrul, Manipur.

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