Slanting Belly-Lip Orchid
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Slanting Belly-Lip Orchid
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Slanting Belly-Lip Orchid
Botanical name: Gastrochilus obliquus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Gastrochilus obliquus var. obliquus, Gastrochilus bigibbus

Slanting Belly-Lip Orchid is a miniature sized, warm to cool growing orchid with a very short stem carrying persistent, linear-oblong to obovate-oblong, bifid, bright green leaves. The generic name Gastrochilus means 'belly lip'. This name was coined by the Scottish botanist David Don in 1825 due to the fact the lip looks blown up like a beer belly. Stem is 1-2 cm high. Leaves are 10-15 x 2.5-3 cm, oblong, obliquely bifid at tip, blunt. Flowers are pale yellow, in 2 cm long, lateral racemes; dorsal sepal 6.5 x 3.2 mm, obovate, blunt, 3-veined, gland-dotted; lateral sepals 7 x 2.8 mm, obovate, blunt, 3-veined, gland-dotted; lip 6.5 x 8 mm, deeply pouch-like, 4 mm broad; midlobe white with yellow centre, finely red-dotted, irregularly toothed on margin; sac with a few spots inside, naked. Slanting Belly-Lip Orchid is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to S China, at altitudes of 500-1400 m, and Indo-China, including South India and Western Ghats. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Anamalais, Tamil Nadu.

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