Yellow Zeuxine
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Yellow Zeuxine
P Native Photo: Sharesth Baldotra
Common name: Yellow Zeuxine
Botanical name: Zeuxine flava    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Zeuxine aurantiaca

Yellow Zeuxine is a small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with a stem carrying 3 to 4 ovate to ovate-lanceolate, stalked leaves towards the top. The leaves wither away during flowering. The plant blooms in the later winter and early spring on a somewhat densely 10 to 17 flowered, up to 25 cm long, pubescent, sheathed inflorescence. Flowers are upside down, not fully opening, yellow-saffron, small, flower-stalk and ovary becoming hairless, about 1.2 cm. Dorsal sepal is nearly ovate, concave, about 3.5 x 2 mm; lateral sepals oblique, about 3 x 1.2 mm. Petals are oblong, about 2.5 x 1 mm; lip T-shaped, about 3 mm, 3-partite. Yellow Zeuxine is found in the Himalayas, on dry open mountainsides in evergreen hill forests at elevations of 1200-2300 m.

Identification credit: Sharesth Baldotra Photographed in Buakhal, Oak Forest, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand.

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