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

Mishmi Hills Phaius 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 Phaius are 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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