Tall Galeola
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Tall Galeola
P Native Unknown Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Tall Galeola
Botanical name: Cyrtosia lindleyana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Galeola lindleyana, Erythrorchis lindleyana, Galeola matsudae

Tall Galeola is a giant sized, terrestrial orchid with a reddish, scurfy stem carrying many short, pointed sheaths in the lower half and basically naked with no leaves. The plant blooms on an erect, paniculate, each branch pendant, laxly few flowered inflorescence with stalkless, ovate, withering as the flowers develop floral bracts. Flowers are yellow, about 3.5 cm in diameter. Sepals are elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 1.6-2 x 0.9-1.1 cm, below densely shortly rusty woolly and carinate; lateral sepals often slightly longer than dorsal sepal. Petals are broadly ovate to nearly round, slightly shorter than dorsal sepal, 1.2-1.4 cm wide, hairless; lip concave, cup-shaped, nearly subspherical, about 1.3 cm in diameter. Tall Galeola is found in Himalaya to Central China, N. Sumatera, at altitudes of 700-3000 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Nechiphu, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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