Yellow-Brown Moth Orchid
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Yellow-Brown Moth Orchid
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow-Brown Moth Orchid
Botanical name: Phalaenopsis mannii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Polychilos mannii, Phalaenopsis boxallii

Yellow-Brown Moth Orchid is a small to just medium sized, warm to hot growing, epiphytic orchid, found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal to southern China and Vietnam. It is a pendulous orchid found growing on trees at elevations of 500-1500 m in humid broadleaved evergreen forests with dense undergrowth near streams and rivers. They are best cultivated slabbed on cork or tree fern because of their pendant growth habit with a short stem enveloped by imbricating leaf bases carrying 4 to 5, oblong-oblanceolate shiny, fleshy, acute, medium green leaves. Flowers are borne in a slender, pendulous, up to 45 cm long, racemose or rarely paniculate, laxly many (up to 70) flowered inflorescence. The inflroscence is as long as the leaves with small ovate-lanceolate bracts. Flowers are fragrant, waxy, long-lived, appearing in succesion.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim & East Siang distt, Aruncahal Pradesh.

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