Mysore Moth Orchid
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Mysore Moth Orchid
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Mysore Moth Orchid
Botanical name: Phalaenopsis mysorensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Kingidium mysorense, Kingidium niveum, Polychilos mysorensis

Mysore Moth Orchid is a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing orchid growing on trees. It has a very short stem carrying 1 to 3, oblong-elliptic leaves, conduplicate at the somewhat stalked base. The plant blooms in the fall on a round, short, 1-8 cm long, purplish violet, few flowered inflorescence with lanceshaped, pointed floral bracts. Flowers are white, 6-10, in 15-20 cm long racemes. Dorsal sepals are 8 x 4 mm, obovate, blunt; lateral sepals 7 x 5 mm, ovate, pointed. Petals are 7.5 x 3 mm, obovate, blunt. Lip 3-lobed, 6 x 5 mm; sidelobes rounded; midlobe ovate, pointed. Disc with a pair of antennae. Mysore Moth Orchid is found in South India and Sri Lanka at elevations of 750-1800 m.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Anamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu.

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