Dendrobium hesperis (Seidenf.) Schuit. & Peter B.Adams, Muelleria 29: 67 2011. (syn: Flickingeria hesperis Seidenf.);
One Day Flower Orchid, Uttaranchal Flickingeria;
Flora Picture of the Year 2010- Pankaj Sahani- Happy New Year 2011: The flower in the picture belongs to a very rare and endemic orchid of Uttarakhand distributed in Pithoragarh. It is called Flickingeria hesperis Seidnf.. The most interesting thing about it is, one plant gives one flower in a year and the flower just blooms for a single day. This is the type character of Flickingeria and hence it is often refereed to as One Day Flower Orchid. So one has to be there on the right day to find it in flowering condition.
You may consider this as Photo of the Year from myside.
Flickingeria hesperis Seidenf.: Flickingeria hesperis Seidenf., Nordic J. Bot. 2: 16 (1982).
Location: Endemic to Uttarakhand
Altitude: ~800 – 1200m
This plant blooms for one day and gives one flower on one plant. That is one plant, one flower in one year.
This is also the western most distribution of the genus Flickingeria.
Yes, sir, it was great luck. This made both of us (Me and ….) so happy. It was towards the end of our aroudn 15 kms trek in the himalaya in Gori Valley.