Short-Lip Jewel Orchid
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Short-Lip Jewel Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Short-Lip Jewel Orchid
Botanical name: Anoectochilus brevilabris    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Anoectochilus sikkimensis, Anoectochilus tridentatus, Anoectochilus griffithii

Short-Lip Jewel Orchid is a small sized, ground orchid with a loose rosette of nearly heart-shaped to broadly elliptic, pointed, velvety leaves which are maroon to garnet, base netveined in gold to copper, matt-red green on the underside. The plant blooms in the summer through mid fall on a 7-12 cm long, velvet-hairy inflorescence with several to many flowers. Flowers are up to 1.5-1.8cm across; sepals olive-green and white, lip white, mesochile teeth green. Short-Lip Jewel Orchid is native to Nepal to East Himalaya, China and N. Vietnam.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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