Sikkim Orchid Ginger
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Sikkim Orchid Ginger
P Native Photo: Subhasis Roy
Common name: Sikkim Orchid Ginger
Botanical name: Caulokaempferia sikkimensis    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Kaempferia sikkimensis, Monolophus sikkimensis

Sikkim Orchid Ginger is a perennial herb with stems slender 5-10 cm long. Leaves are up to 5-8 cm long, 1.2-2.5 cm broad, stalkless, lanceshaped, tapering. Flowers are borne solitary, with the base hidden in the sheath of uppermost leaf. Bracts are green, 1.2 cm long. Flower-tube is slender, twice as long as the bract, 2.5 cm long. Segments are 8 mm long, linear-oblong, dark lilac, staminodes white, circular narrowed, lip circular, white, entire. Sikkim Orchid Ginger is found in E. Himalaya, NE India.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju Photographed in Upper Samdong, East Sikkim.

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