Slender Anthogonium
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Slender Anthogonium
ative Photo: Geetha Iyer
Common name: Slender Anthogonium • Mizo: Lei-nauban
Botanical name: Anthogonium gracile     Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Anthogonium griffithii, Anthogonium corydaloides

Slender Anthogonium is a deciduous, miniature to medium sized terrestrial orchid found in eastern Himalayas in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests. The plants have ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 1-3, deciduous, stalked, narrowly lance-shaped leaves. The plant blooms in fall season on an erect, slender, very long (up to 45 cm), branched or simple, raceme with 10-12 flowers that do not open well. The flowers are pink-purple in color and a strongly remind of Corydalis.

Identification credit: Avishek Bhattacharjee Photographed in Kameng distt, Arunachal Pradesh, & Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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