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Sky-Blue Rhynchostylis   
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Sky-Blue Rhynchostylis
P Introduced Photo: P.S. Akshaya
Common name: Sky-Blue Rhynchostylis
Botanical name: Rhynchostylis coelestis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Vanda pseudocaerulescens, Saccolabium coeleste

Sky-Blue Rhynchostylis is a small sized, cool to hot growing orchid dwelling on trees, with a stem carrying several, strap-like, fleshy, alternate leaves. Its generic name comes from “rhynchos" meaning beak and “stylis", meaning column. It refers to the beaked column on the flowers of the species from which the genus derived its name. The plant blooms on an erect to arcuate, densely many flowered, racemose inflorescence in leaf axil. Flowers are waxy, fragrant Sky-Blue Rhynchostylis is found in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests and savana-like woodlands at elevations up to 700 meters.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Genepool Garden at Gudalur, Nilgiris

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