Stiff Acampe
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Stiff Acampe
P Native Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Stiff Acampe
Botanical name: Acampe rigida    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Vanda multiflora, Aerides rigida, Acampe multiflora

Stiff Acampe is a medium sized orchid growing on trees, with a stout,often branched stem carrying thick, stiffly rising leaves which are unequally, yet minutely bilobed on the tip. The plant blooms on an erect, shortly branched, 6 inches long, stout, few to several flowered inflorescence. Flowers are yellow, barred with red, 1.8 cm broad. Flower-cluster-stalk with racemes is 15-20 cm long, distantly branched, base with cup-shaped sheaths, branches short; floral bracts small, annular, rounded. Sepals are broadly oblong, blunt. Petals are small, obovate-oblong. Lip saccate, lateral lobes short, midlobe ovate, blunt, channelled in the middle, sac short, rounded with a vertical hairy plate projecting in the hollow opposite the column; column short, stout; foot absent. Anther at branch-ends, 2-loculed; pollinia 2, spherical deeply bipartite. Stiff Acampe is found in China, Taiwan, Assam, Bangladesh, Easterrn Himalayas, India, Nepal Sri Lankha, Western Himalayas, Cambodia, Myanamar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines at elevations of 400-800 m.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in cultivation.

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