Small Fan Velvet Orchid
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Small Fan Velvet Orchid
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Small Fan Velvet Orchid
Botanical name: Cheirostylis flabellata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Goodyera flabellata, Monochilus flabellatus

Small Fan Velvet Orchid is a slender ground orchid, 5-10 cm tall. Leaves are 1-2.5 x 0.5-1 cm, ovate, tapering at tip; leaf-stalk 1-1.5 cm long, sheathing on stem. Flowers are borne in branch-end racemes, 5-6 cm high, with 2-3 subulate bracts on axis; flowers at top only. Floral bracts are minute, subulate. Flower-stalk is twisted and flowers resupinate. Sepals are fused to a tube, 0.25-0.3 cm long, petals free. Lip is 0.5-0.6 cm long; lateral lobes saccate; mid-lobe 2-fid, 3-sect on margins. Capsules are nearly spherical, 0.45-0.5 cm across. Small Fan Velvet Orchid is found in South India, Sri Lanka, and Eastern Himalayas, particularly in Bhutan and Myanmar. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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