Beaked Widelip Orchid
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Beaked Widelip Orchid
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Beaked Widelip Orchid
Botanical name: Liparis rostrata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Beaked Widelip Orchid is a terrestrial orchid 5-20 cm tall. Pseudobulbs are small, ovoid, sheathed. Stem arise from base of pseudobulb, floppy, sometimes stout. Leaves are 2, opposite, stalked, elliptic-ovate to oblong, pointed or blunt, narrowed towards base, blade up to 7-10 x 3-5 cm, stalk 3-7 cm long. Inflorescence is lax. Bracts are very small, 1-2 mm long; triangular. Flowers are delicate and fall off easily. Petals are spreading or curved back, sepals are dull yellowish-green with some purple, linear-lanceshaped, 10 x 1-1.5 mm. Petals are darker purple, threadlike 5-7 x 0.3 mm. Lip from 2-3 mm long, channelled claw expanded into broadly obovate flat blade, green, tinged with lilac, 8 mm broad, margin toothed, front slightly flat, beaked. Column is very slender, arched, 4 mm long. Ovary with thin, about 1 cm long stalk; ripe seed-capsule are enlarged. Beaked Widelip Orchid is found in NW Himalayas, eastward to Nepal, at elevation of 1500-2900 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.
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