Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Trimen , Syst. Cat. Fl. Pl. Ceylon 90 1885. (Syn: Haplochilus longilabris (Lindl.) D.Dietr.; Monochilus affinis Wight; Monochilus longilabris Lindl.);
ZOO-zin-nee — Greek: zeuxis (united), for the partial union of the lip and the column … Dave’s Botanary
lon-JEE-lab-riss — long-lipped … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: long-lipped zeuxine
Native to: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanamar, Cambodia 


Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Benth. ex Hook.f.:
attaching the image of Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Benth. ex Hook.f.

– Yes this is Zeuxine longilabris,
very widely distributed in India. Recently happened to see this at Trivandrum but in garden in flowering and then from … also. Apart from India, it is also found in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. This is also the right time to search in Maharastra. Its there in wild.
I will request members who share orchid pics, PLEASE DONT FORGET TO TAKE PICTURES OF LEAVES. In the current pic also if you notice, in top bud has no labellum and it gives an indication of another (more than one) species.

– The only orchid that was seen growing wild in fields in Delhi Zeuxine strateumatica, not seen for last 30 years.

– This plant is collected from Wayanad district of Kerala, Actually I forgot the date of Collection. I will let you know the details soon. Anyway, I had collected this plant and photogrphed from many parts of Wayanad and also from Kozhikode (Calicut) district. I think I had encountered another species from Wayanad. That is Z. gracilis.

– Another pic of Zeuxine longilabris. I had got this id’d thro efloraofinadia. Pic taken at Thattekkad,Kerala mid-Dec 2009


ID Req. fr Herb of kaiga:
During my bird study , I found this climber in the kaiga forest. ID requested for the following attachment.
Date/Time-: 9/03/11         13:1000

Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga, Uttar Kannada, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-    Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-  Herb
Flowers Color   – White

Zeuxine longilabris, Family : orchidaceae

– Yes this does look like Zeuxine longilabris but why did you say its a climber??

Zeuxine sp.:
this orchid was collected from Malkangiri near Chitrakonda. Please validate the ID.

Name of the species: Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Benth. ex. J.D. Hook
Area of collection:Chitrakonda, malkangiri, Orissa
Habitat: Under moist canopy with leaf litters
Altitude:500m above msl

Sir J.D.Hooker is abbreviated as Hook.f. and not J.D.Hook. which Dr. Sarat Misra has done in his famous book on Orchids of Orissa. This goes according to the ICBN Vienna Code Section III, Article 46, Recommendation 46A, Note 1.
The Code also says the following reference should be followed while abbreviating:
R. K. Brummitt and C. E. Powell, ed (1992). Authors of Plant Names: A List of Authors of Scientific Names of Plants, with Recommended Standard Forms of Their Names, Including Abbreviations.
Many of such abbreviations are available at IPNI as well as Wikipedia.

Just for example in my species, the plant is to be cited as Kumar and not as P.Kumar!!
Ask me why?
Because, P.Kumar stands for another person according to IPNI.
Atleast we botanist should follow it. Or, dont give author citations or, give full author names. Please take this in good spirits.
Secondly, your plant does look like longilabris but there is a very peculiar difference. Usually in Z. longilabris the lip tip is not so rounded as it is in your plant, it is very much trapezoidal in shape with crenulate or dentate. I will recheck once I am back to Doon. Zeuxine are identfied very much on the basis of the lip or glands inside the spur which is not visible in the pic.
Please find my pic attached.


You are actually missing something here.
There are two more species found in Orissa, namely, Zeuxine nervosa and Zeuxine affinis along with Z. strateumatica, lindleyana, gracilis.
Then grandis should also be there though not reported till now.

Would it be Z.affinis?

Yes dear .., thats why I am confused too…:)

This species is obviously Zeuxine longilabris and already reported (recently) from Orissa.


Names of Plants in India :: Zeuxine longilabris: Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Trimen …family: Orchidaceae

Flowers of IndiaDiscussions at efloraofindiamore views in flickrmore views on Google Earth
ZOO-zin-nee — from the Greek zeuxis (united), for the partial union of the lip and the column
lon-JEE-lab-riss — long-lipped

commonly known as: long-lipped zeuxine
botanical names: Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Trimen … synonyms: Haplochilus longilabris (Lindl.) D.Dietr. • Monochilus affinis Wight • Monochilus longilabris Lindl. … The Plants List
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Above plant in photo seen at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary on 19 FEB 12


Zeuxine longilabris with spider:
sharing picture of Zeuxine longilabris .. every flower is having spider so i thought it must be pollinator
here is our expert … answer… thanks to … always prompt reply.. learning lot from u

These are crab spiders. They are ambush spiders who camouflage inside the flower and when a pollinator or other insect comes, these spider attack them. I am not sure they are pollinators unless someone gives me a proof.
Beautiful pic…. thanks so much for sharing. You may share the same on eflora along with my reply.

Nice picture. Should have shared as the flora pic of the year.
By the way, one more thing to add!! Seems you were on the right time when the flower was in full bloom (bloom means when the flowers is sexually most active). During this period the flower attracts more insects. These spiders know when insect will visit the flower and hence they reach the flower on time and wait for their meal.

My pic of this beautiful, inconspicuous orchid – which made it to Google…. Please check here;


[EfloraofIndia_170212PD03_Zeuxine longilabris_Flora of Odisha]: sharing the image of Zeuxine longilabris taken at Ranpur

Name: Zeuxine longilabris
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild, Semi-evergreen forest boundary
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Odisha


Orchidaceae fortnight ..Zeuxine longilabris : Attachments (2). 7 posts by 6 authors.
Sharing anoother beauty from Sindhudurg MH
Zeuxine longilabris

Very pretty… Thanks for sharing.
Yes Zeuxine longilabris.

Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Trimen
ZOO-zin-nee — Greek: zeuxis (united), for the partial union of the lip and the column … Dave’s Botanary
lon-JEE-lab-riss — long-lipped … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known as: long-lipped zeuxine
Native to: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanamar, Cambodia
ReferencesFlowers of India • Orchid Species • Further Flowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant Ingalhalikar
at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary on 19 FEB 12

Yes this is Zeuxine longilabris. Wonderful pics.

Seen this terrestrial orchid at Bondla WLS Goa and Anshi WLS Karnataka. Flowers were fragrant.
Bot. name: Zeuxine longilabris
Family: Orchidaceae.

Wonderful pics. Labellum in the first flower seems shorter a bit, but I assume they all are same.


Orchidaceae Fortnight – Zeuxine longilabris – 091013 – RK – 2 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Common Name – Long-lipped ZeuxineThattekkad,Kerala – 08/12/09 – 8.30am
Was pleasantly surprised to see this on Google when searching for more information.

Yes Zeuxine longilabris.


Orchidaceae fortnight : Zeuxine longilabris : TN : RVS12 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Zeuxine longilabris is a common terrestrial orchid in Sathyamangalam R.F., TN.

Yes this is Zeuxine longilabris.

Zeuxine longilabris- 08022014- PKA-Feb-18 : Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.

This small size terrestrial orchid was spotted at Muthodi (Bhadra WLS), Karnataka.
Bot. name: Zeuxine longilabris
Family: Orchidaceae
Date/Time: 30-01-2014 / 11:00 AM

Images by tspkumar



TSP-JAN2016-40-40:Images of Zeuxine longilabris (Orchidaceae) :  1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Zeuxine longilabris (Orchidaceae

Ref: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=3184&cat=1

Ref: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=3184&cat=1 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest floor. 

Sighting: Kottigehara, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 21-01-2016

Flora of Kaiga_Sharing_Zeuxine longilabris_03032017 PK1 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Pl see attached 3 pic of Zeuxine longilabris, Orchid of Western Ghats.
Zeuxine longilabris, bloom during Feb-March in our Kaiga-Anshi region.
Due to avoid forest fire, forest people will fire the leaf litter in the Ghats which burn the rare species along the road side (with many smaller
life form).
Flora of Kaiga_Sharing_Zeuxine longilabris_03032017 Pk1
Date/Time-:01/03/17   –    08:00
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-   wild
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Orchid
Length- 15-20cm

Interesting. Yes this does look like Zeuxine longilabris.


Requesting Identification : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)

Can anyone ID this plant. The leaves seems to have fallen off from the plants after flowering.The only leaf attached appeared dead and papery. It had a height of about 20 cm.
Location: idukki, Kerala
Date : 27 December 2018

… forest floor orchid … some species of Zeuxine.

Zeuxine longilabris ??

Yes. For me the ID is correct.

This does look like Zeuxine longilabris. But to confirm, some one needs to dissect the flower.




8 Identify Commelina weed plant : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Please identify the weed plant.

Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Trimen ???

Thanks, …, for the id. Yes, appears close o images at Zeuxine longilabris


Zeuxine sp at Kumaraparavatha- Karnataka- PKA11: 4 images.

Seen this terrestrial orchid near Kumaraparavatha, Pushpagiri WLS, Karnataka.
Could this be Zeuxine longilabris?

Zeuxine longilabris (Lindl.) Trimen !

Yes it’s Z. longilabris

Looks like Zeuxine longilabris, but would be better to dissect.