Nilgiri Disperis
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Nilgiri Disperis
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Nilgiri Disperis
Botanical name: Disperis neilgherrensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Disperis zeylanica, Disperis siamensis, Disperis orientalis

Nilgiri Disperis is a terrestrial orchid with a tuber, stem 10-15 cm tall. Leaves are up to 10 x 9 mm, ovate, heart-shaped, pointed, stalkless. Flowers are pale-pink or rose, one or two in at branch-ends raceme. Floral bracts are leaf-like, 9 x 6 mm, heart-shaped, pointed. Dorsal sepal and petals are fused to form a hood over the column; dorsal sepal 9 x 2 mm, linear-lanceshaped, 3-veined; lateral sepals 16 x 7 mm, obliquely obovate, blunt, many-veined; petals 10 x 6 mm, obliquely obovate or elliptic, somewhat pointed, 3-veined; lip 5 x 5 mm, anchor shaped, bifid, with two long linear recurved arms with yellow small fleshy projections. Nilgiri Disperis is found in South India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Java. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Rajesh Sachdev, Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu & Munnar, Kerala.

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