Thin Trichoglottis
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Thin Trichoglottis
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Thin Trichoglottis
Botanical name: Trichoglottis tenera    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Trichoglottis tenera, Oeceoclades tenera

Thin Trichoglottis is an orchid growing on trees, up to 60 cm high, stem round, woody, climbing. Leaves are 3 x 1-1.5 cm, elliptic-oblong, blunt. Flowers are yellow, in few-flowered, 15-20 cm long, stout raceme; dorsal sepal elliptic, blunt, 5-veined; lateral sepals inverted-lanceshaped, sickle shaped, blunt, 3-veined. Petals are smaller than sepals, oblong, blunt, 5-veined; lip adnate to the base of column, 7 x 7.5 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes oblong, lanceshaped, blunt; midlobe ovate, blunt, 3-lobuled, rounded; spur 3 x 1 mm, cylindrical; column and foot very short; pollinia 2. Thin Trichoglottis is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in forest department orchidarium, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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