Nerved Lawn Orchid
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Nerved Lawn Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Nerved Lawn Orchid
Botanical name: Zeuxine nervosa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Haplochilus nervosus, Heterozeuxine nervosa, Monochilus nervosus

Nerved Lawn Orchid is a small to medium sized, terrestrial orchid with a stem carrying 3-7, ovate to ovate-elliptic, green and usually with a white midrib above, stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the winter and early spring on an erect, at branch-ends, laxly several flowered, velvet-hairy inflorescence with ovate-lanceshaped, red-brown, hairy bracts and carrying small, fragrant flowers. Flowers are inverted, weakly spreading, small; ovary and flower-stalk spindle-shaped, 8-9 mm, hairless to finely velvet-hairy. Sepals are reddish brown to yellowish green, hairless; dorsal sepal ovate, concave, 5-5.5 x 4.5-5 mm, tip pointed or somewhat tapering; lateral sepals oblong-ovate, 6-6.5 x about 3.5 mm, tip pointed to blunt. Petals are white, ovate, oblique, about 5.5 x 3.2 mm, hairless, tip blunt. Lip is white or pale yellow, Y-shaped, up to 7 mm, 3-partite; hypochile concave-saccate, about 2.5 x 2.5 mm, containing 2 2- or 3-digitate to narrowly lamellate calli. Nerved Lawn Orchid is found in Nepal, East Himalalaya to SE Asia, Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: February-March.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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