Spiked Peristylus
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Spiked Peristylus
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Spiked Peristylus
Botanical name: Peristylus aristatus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria aristata

Spiked Peristylus is a terrestrial orchid found in the Himalayas and Western Ghats. Leaves are 3-5, elliptic, 2-3 inches long, clustered around the middle of the stem, almost stalkless. Tiny greenish flowers are borne in a very slender spike. Flowers are about 6 mm across, with membarnous sepals and petals. Lip is longer than the sepals, 3-parted, lateral segments longest, threadlike. Spur is club-shaped, equalling or shorter than the sepals.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed at Arthur's Seat, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.
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