Spotted Luisia
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Spotted Luisia
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Spotted Luisia
Botanical name: Luisia macrantha    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Spotted Luisia is an orchid growing on trees, with stems and internode stout, woody. Leaves are cylindric, spreading, pale green or dark green, tip rounded often with a short conical apiculum on the outerside. Flowers 1-2, red, mildly fragrant; flower-stalks about 2.5 cm long. Sepals are greenish yellow nearly equal, base speckled with dark maroon blotches; dorsal sepal somewhat concave, 2 x 1-1.5 cm, margins entire; lateral sepals boat shaped, oblong elliptic, mucronate, 2 x 1 cm. Petals strap- shaped, 4.5 x .2-.4 cm, greenish yellow, blotched with dark maroon patches at the base, prominently 5 nerved, blunt at tip. Lip greenish yellow, oblong, broadest before the middle, 2.5-3.5 x 0.8-1 cm with very dark purple end lobes. Hypochile with two small pink coloured ear like lobes. Epichile oblong, raised slightly upwards and ends in 2 rhomboid-round process. Calli 3. The middle one triangular ending in a small blunt mucro in between the apical process. Column oblong. Pollinia 2, ovoid. Fruit is spindle shaped, dark purple, strongly 6 ribbed, 3.5-5.6 cm long. Spotted Luisia is found in Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: April-January.

Identification credit: Ravee Bhat Photographed in Sirsi, Karnataka.

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