Red Cryptochilus
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Red Cryptochilus
ative Photo: K.L. Chaudhary
Common name: Red Cryptochilus
Botanical name: Cryptochilus sanguineus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Red Cryptochilus is an orchid found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanamar, Thailand to S. China in broad-leafed forests on mossy trees, at elevations of 1800-2300 m. It is a small to medium sized orchid growing on trees or occasionally on rocks. It has egg-shaped pseudobulbs enveloped basally by sheaths, carrying 1-3, leathery, oblong to elliptic, drooping, pointed, bright green leaves. The plant blooms on a terminal, erect to lateral, up to a foot long, several to many flowered inflorescence. Floral bracts are shorter than the externally pubescent red tubular flowers which are drooping and all held to one side. Flowers are 6-11 mm - sepal-tube scarlet with purple tip.

Identification credit: K.L. Chaudhary
Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya.
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