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Smee's Reed-Orchid   
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Smee's Reed-Orchid
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Smee's Reed-Orchid
Botanical name: Schoenorchis smeeana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Xenikophyton smeeanum. Schoenorchis latifolia, Xenikophyton seidenfadenianum

Smee's Reed-Orchid is an erect orchid dwelling on trees, with broad oblong leaves. The genus name comes from the Greek schoinos, meaning rush or reed, referring to the long, broad flat leaves. The species name honors the plant colelctor A.H. Smee. Leaves are 5-7.5 x 1.5-2.5 cm, oblong, tip unequally bilobed, channelled above. Flowers are borne in simple or branched racmes up to 10 cm long. Bracts are about 2 mm, ovate-lanceshaped, tapering. Sepal and petals about about 3 x 2 mm, ovate-oblong, blunt, lip obscurely 3-lobed, arched, base spurred, column short, pollinia 2. Smee's Reed-Orchid is endemic to the evergreen forests of Southern Western Ghats, at elevations of 900-1200 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Topslip, Anamalais, Tamil Nadu.

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