Roundleaf Henry-Orchid
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Roundleaf Henry-Orchid
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Roundleaf Henry-Orchid
Botanical name: Aenhenrya rotundifolia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Aenhenrya agastyamalayana, Odontochilus rotundifolius, Anoectochilus rotundifolius

Roundleaf Henry-Orchid is a critically endangered terrestrial orchid, 15-20 cm tall; rhizome creeping, moniliform. It is named in the honor of Dr. A.N. Henry, BSI, for his pioneering contributions to the flora of Agastyamalai hills. Leaves are up to 3 x 2 cm, ovate, pointed, fleshy; leaf-stalk 1.5 cm long. Flowers are white, solitary, carried on flowering stem 10-15 cm long, velvet-hairy; dorsal sepal 2 x 1 cm, ovate-lanceshaped, tapering, 5-veined, hairy outside. Petals are 1.7-2.0 x 0.5-0.6 cm, oblong, somewhat tapering, 3-veined; lip 1.7-2.0 x 1.0-1.2 cm, 3-lobed, strap-shaped, lateral lobes ovate-lanceshaped, fringed at margin towards tip; midlobe 3-lobed. Roundleaf Henry-Orchid is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in KMTR, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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