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Seidenfaden's Lawn Orchid   
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Seidenfaden's Lawn Orchid
ative Photo: Ninad Raut
Common name: Seidenfaden's Lawn Orchid
Botanical name: Zeuxine seidenfadenii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Seidenfaden's Lawn Orchid is a newly identified terrestrial orchid from the Himalayas. It was named in honor of Dr. Gunnar Seidenfaden, a late 21st century authority on orchids from Denmark. Plant is 12-40 cm high. Plant is 12-40 cm long, prostrate at base, erect upwards. Leaves are 3-6, narrowly ovate-pointed, 4-6 cm long, 1-2 cm broad, stalk short, expanding to a broad stem clasping sheath, withered at the time of flowering. Flower racemes are carried on 4-12 cm long, usually shorter to almost equal to the length of the stem. Flower raceme is equal, shorter or longer than the stalk, 4-25 flowered. Flowers are 1.5-1.7 cm long. Bracts are ovate, long-pointed, 8-11 mm long, straw coloured with purple veins. Sepals are about 6-7 mm long, the dorsal ovate, laterals obliquely-lanceshaped, reddish-brown, 3-nerved. Petals are broadly spoon-shaped with lateral sides curved, white. Lip is 1-1.2 cm long, longer than the sepals, white basal sac provided with a single backward pointing triangular gland on each side, the middle narrowed with inrolled margins, apical portion with two obovate-spathulate lobules, each with a narrow base and broad rounded apex, not divergent, the sinus like an inverted ā€˜Vā€™, forming an acute angle. Column at base adnate to the lip, with distinctly protruding obovate wings infront.

Identification credit: Ninad Raut, Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
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