Mishmi Hills Nun's Orchid
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Mishmi Hills Nun's Orchid
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Mishmi Hills Nun's Orchid
Botanical name: Phaius mishmensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Limatodis mishmensis, Calanthe mishmensis, Calanthe crinita

Mishmi Hills Nun's Orchid is a terrestrial orchid with fleshy, narrowly fusiform-cylindric pseudobulbs. It is named after the Mishmi Hills in Arunachal Pradesh where it was probably first found. The pseudobulbs carry 6 to 8, apical, plicate, alternate, elliptic-lanceshaped to oblong-ovate, pointed ot long pointed leaves. The plant blooms in the fall on a 1-2 ft long, racemose, laxly flowered inflorescence which is shorter or as long as the leaves. Inflorescence has lance-shaped bracts and the flowers do not open fully. Mishmi Hills Nun's Orchid is found growing on rocky substrate in the humid forest of eastern Himalayas in NE India and SE Asia, at elevations of 500- 2000 m.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Mizoram.

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