Goodyera-Like Peristylus
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Goodyera-Like Peristylus
P Native Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Goodyera-Like Peristylus, Grand Habenaria
Botanical name: Peristylus goodyeroides    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria goodyeroides, Habenaria grandis, Habenaria pandurilabia

Goodyera-Like Peristylus is a medium to large sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial orchid with ellipsoid to cylindric, velvet-hairy tubers giving rise to an erect, basally sheathed stem. The stem carries 3 to 4, clustered, ovate to ovate-elliptic, pointed, basally narrowing leaves. The plant blooms in the later spring and early summer on a branch-end, densely to somewhat densely many-flowered, up to 25 cm long, hairless inflorescence with lanceshaped floral bracts and carrying sweetly scented flowers. Flowers are 1-1.5 cm long. Dorsal sepals are ovate-oblong, blunt, olive to brownish green; lateral sepals obliquely obovate-oblong, concave, pointed. Petals are elliptic pointed, pale yellowish green to creamy white. lip 3-4 x 3 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes oblong, blunt, midlobe ovate, flat or pointed; spur globular. Goodyera-Like Peristylus is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Bhutan, Western Ghats, Burma, Thailand, Indo-China, W. China, Taiwan, Malaysia, at altitudes of 500-1500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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