Violet Short-Helmet Orchid
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Violet Short-Helmet Orchid
P Native Photo: M. Sulaiman
Common name: Violet Short-Helmet Orchid
Botanical name: Brachycorythis iantha    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria iantha, Phyllomphax iantha, Platanthera iantha

Violet Short-Helmet Orchid is an unbranched terrestrial ocrhid. Leaves are 2.5-3 x 0.9-11 cm, elliptic-oblong, pointed, 3-nerved, well spaced. Flowers are pink, 1.5 x 1 cm. Dorsal sepal is 4.5 x 2 mm, ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, 3-veined; lateral sepals 7 x 2.5 mm, curved, ovate-oblong, pointed, 3-veined. Petals are 5 x 1.5 mm, lanceshaped, obliquely pointed at tip, 1 or 2-veined. Lip is 1.4 x 1.2 cm, inverted-heart-shaped with a large sinus, sac ovate, blunt, 2 x 2 mm, biparted. Violet Short-Helmet Orchid is native to South India. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: M. Sulaiman Photographed in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.

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