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Broadleaf Sirhookera   
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Broadleaf Sirhookera
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Broadleaf Sirhookera
Botanical name: Sirhookera latifolia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Josephia latifolia

Broadleaf Sirhookera is an orchid growing on trees, with very short stem and worm-like roots. Leaves are 9-10 x 2-2.5 cm, including a leaf-stalk of 1-1.5 cm long, oblong, pointed. Flowers are white, in 15-20 cm long branched racemes. Branches are slender; dorsal sepal obovate, blunt, 3-veined; lateral sepals elliptic-oblong, blunt, 3-veined. Petals are oblong, blunt, 1-veined, lip 4 x 2 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes smaller, oblong, blunt, incurved; midlobe ovate, blunt or pointed. Broadleaf Sirhookera is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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