Spotted Smithsonia
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Spotted Smithsonia
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Spotted Smithsonia
Botanical name: Smithsonia maculata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Gastrochilus maculatus, Loxoma maculatum, Loxomorchis maculata

Spotted Smithsonia is a miniature sized orchid growing on trees. Leaves are 2 or 3, 6-10 x 2-3 cm, inverted-lanceshaped, tip unequally bilobed, base sheathed. Flowers are borne in racemes on the side of branches. Flowers are about 10 x 8 mm, stalkless, yellowish with purple bands. Bracts are about 2.5 x 2 mm, persistent, broadly ovate, sepals and petals 5-6 x 3.5 mm, obovate, oblong rounded. Lip is fleshy, 3-lobed, lateral lobes about 2.5 mm long, midlobe about 2.5 x 2 mm, obscurely 3-lobed, rounded, spur conical about 5 mm long. Spotted Smithsonia is found in Southern Western Ghats, Karnataka and Kerala. Flowering: June-July

Identification credit: Ravee Bhat Photographed in Sakleshpur, Hassan, Karnataka.

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