Toothbrush Orchid
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Toothbrush Orchid
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Toothbrush Orchid • Marathi: कंगवा हबेअमरी Kangwa Habe-amri
Botanical name: Habenaria heyneana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Toothbrush Orchid is a terrestrial herb, growing to 10-40 cm tall. The plant has 1-2 ovoid tubers. Alternately arranged narrowly oblong leaves are 2-6 cm long. The inflorescence consists of 2-8 flowers arranged all on one side of an upright stalk. This is what gives it the common name toothbrush orchid. The flowers are greenish white to begin with, and turn yellowish as they age. White petals are 4-7 mm long. The white lip is 5-10 mm, 3-lobed. Spur is linear and 6 mm long. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.

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