Agyoku Lawn Orchid
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Agyoku Lawn Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Agyoku Lawn Orchid
Botanical name: Zeuxine agyokuana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Hetaeria agyokuana, Zeuxine bidupensis, Zeuxine pantlingii

Agyoku Lawn Orchid is a miniature sized, terrestrial orchid with a nearly erect rhizome giving rise to an erect to rising up stem carrying narrowly ovate-lanceshaped to ovate-elliptic, pointed, almost rounded at the base and contracted into a long stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, rather slender, laxly few flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceshaped, shorter than the ovaries floral bracts. Flowers are inverted, small; ovary and flower-stalk reddish, spindle-shaped, 8-10 mm, hairless. Sepals are reddish brown, hairless; dorsal sepal ovate, concave, 4-5 x 2.8-3 mm, lateral sepals widely spreading, lanceshaped to narrowly ovate, 4-5 x 1.5-1.6 mm, tip pointed. Petals are white, narrowly obovate, 4-5 x about 2.5 mm, tip pointed. Lip is ovate-boat-shaped, shorter than sepals, 3-4 x 1.7-2 mm, 2-partite; hypochile concave-saccate. Flowering: September.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh & Mongpoo, Darjeeling, West Bengal.

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