Pleated Leaf Nervillia
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Pleated Leaf Nervillia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Pleated Leaf Nervillia • Mizo: Hnahkhat
Botanical name: Nervilia plicata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Nervilia discolor, Nervilia purpurea, Nervilia biflora

Pleated Leaf Nervillia is a terrestrial orchid characterised by a single leaf appearing after the flowering stem, prostrate, dark green, mottled with purplish-brown, purplish underside, shortly stalks. Stalks are up to 1-2 cm long; blade kidney-shaped or. round with a heart-shaped base, 7-12 cm in diameter, margin entire or very inconspicuously wavy, remotely ciliate, nerves fan-like, scattered ciliate.Flowering stem is 8-15 cm tall, with 3-4 tubular sheaths and 1-3 flowers. Bracts are very small, ovate, shorter or equalling the pedical of ovary. Sepals and petals nearly equal, spreading, narrowly lanceshaped, green. Lip is ovate when spread out, lower part whitish or rose-coloured, embracing the column, with thickened yellow midrib, apex pale violet, minutely emarginate. Column is narrowed in lower half. Ovary and flower-stalks are ridged. Pleated Leaf Nervillia is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Sikkim and Bengal, at elevations of 200-1000 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Pankaj Kumar Photographed enroute to Peb fort, Matheran region, Maharashtra.

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