Rounded-Lip Zeuxine
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Rounded-Lip Zeuxine
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Rounded-Lip Zeuxine
Botanical name: Zeuxine chowdheryi    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Rounded-Lip Zeuxine is a terrestrial herb, upto 16 cm tall, rhizome forming. Flowers are borne in a laxly 2-5 flowered raceme at the top. It shows close resemblance with Zeuxine longilabris but can be easily distinguished mainly in having ovate-lanceshaped lateral sepals; broadly elliptic petals with rounded tip and lip lobes with entire margins as compared to ovate-oblong to awl-shaped lateral sepals; oblong-sickle shaped petals with almost pointed to blunt tip and sawtoothed epichile margins of the latter. Although the degree of serration of lip margin varies in Zeuxine longilabris, but it is never entire. Further, the color of sepals of Zeuxine chowdherii is pinkish-red whereas in Zeuxine longilabris it varies from greenish-white to greenish-brown. Rounded-Lip Zeuxine is found in Southern Western Ghats, at about 1200 m altitude.

Identification credit: Hussain Barbhuiya, Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Kumara Paravatha, Karnataka.

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