Listera-Like Neottia
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Listera-Like Neottia
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Listera-Like Neottia
Botanical name: Neottia listeroides    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Neottia lindleyana, Listera lindleyana, Nidus listeroides

Listera-Like Neottiais a terestrial orchid up to 50 cm tall, often many together, of very variable size. Stem has 3-4 rather loose, brownish or brownish-green sheaths, hairless below, upper portion glandular-hairy. Inflorescence is usually loose. Bracts are ovate-lanceolate, as long as flower-stalks. Sepals are 3.5-6 mm, spreading or reflexed, slightly sickle- shaped, ovate-lanceshaped, greenish-brown or brown. Petals are linear- lanceshaped, nearly as long as sepals. Lip is 1-1.2 cm, stretched forward, from narrow base expanded into ovate-ligulate disk, margins shortly ciliate, mid-rib thickened, dark green to pale brown. Tip of the lip is divided into 2 oblique-oblong, parallel or slightly diverging, about 3 mm long lobes. Column is 4 mm, slender, slightly incurved. Ovary is elliptic, with 5-6 mm long pedicel, glandular-hairy. Listera-Like Neottia is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Bhutan and S. China, at altitudes of 2900-3200 m. Flowering: July-August.

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

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