Straw-Colored Smithsonia
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Straw-Colored Smithsonia
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Straw-Colored Smithsonia
Botanical name: Smithsonia straminea    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Loxoma straminea

Straw-Colored Smithsonia is a miniature sized orchid growing on trees that blooms on a short, few flowered inflorescence. Leaves are oblong, unequally lobed at tip, to 4 x 0.6 cm. Flower racemes are up to 1.5 cm long. Flowers are up to 5, pale yellow. Sepals are 3 x 1 mm, dorsal, ovate-pointed concave, laterals obovate-pointed. Lip is white, 2.5 x 1 mm, mid-lobe with short lateral wings, spur purple, 1.5 mm long. Straw-Colored Smithsonia is found in Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Ravee Bhat Photographed in Hebri, Karnataka.

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