Two-Flowered Goodyera
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Two-Flowered Goodyera
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Two-Flowered Goodyera
Botanical name: Goodyera biflora    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Epipactis biflora, Georchis biflora, Goodyera pauciflora

Two-Flowered Goodyera is a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with 4 to 6, ovate to broadly ovate, pointed, velvety dark green, which are prominently netveinedd with silver. Leaves are shortly stalked. The plant blooms in the spring on a branch-end, nearly stalkless, velvet-hairy, 1 cm long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with hairless to slightly hairy, ovate to obovate, shortly pointed floral bracts. Flowers open weakly, tubular, large; flower-stalk and ovary cylindric-spindle-shaped, 5-8 mm, velvet-hairy. Sepals are reddish pink, similar, velvet-hairy on outer surface, 1-veined; dorsal sepal linear-lanceshaped, 20-25 x 3-4 mm, tip pointed; lateral sepals linear-lanceshaped, 20-25 x 3-4 mm, tip blunt. Petals are creamy white, linear-inverted-lanceshaped, slightly oblique, 20-25 x about 3 mm, tip pointed; lip creamy white, linear-lanceshaped, 18-22 × 3-4 mm; hypochile concave-saccate, inside papillose; epichile strap-shaped, 1.0-1.5 cm, tip pointed to tapering, recurved. Two-Flowered Goodyera is found in the Himalayas, China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and Taiwan in primary, evergreen, broad-leaved wet forests on silicate rocks at elevations of 1500 to 2500 m.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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