Richards Peristylus
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Richards Peristylus
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Richards Peristylus
Botanical name: Peristylus richardianus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria bicornuta

Richards Peristylus is a terrestrial orchid, 20-50 cm tall. Leaves are 5 x 1-1.5 cm, lanceshaped, tapering. Flowers are creamy, in about 15 cm long dense spike; dorsal sepal oblong, blunt, keeled, 1-veined; lateral sepals oblong, blunt, keeled, 1-veined; petals elliptic-lanceshaped, blunt, 1-veined with 2 lateral veins from the middle; lip 6 x 18 mm, 3-lobed; lobes unequal; midlobe 3 x 1 mm, oblong, blunt; lateral lobes 8 x 0.5 mm, linear, upcurved; spur club-shaped, pointed at tip. Richards Peristylus is found in Nepal at altitudes of 2000-2500 m, and in Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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