Anoectochilus elatus Lindl., J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 1: 178 1857. ?;
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S. India (as per WCSP)
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Terrestrial herbs with creeping rhizome. Leaves to 5 x 4 cm, ovate or elliptic, acute, dark maroon with golden netted veins; petiole 1.5 cm long. Flowers white, 2.5 x 1 cm, in about 25 cm long raceme; dorsal sepal 11 x 5 mm, ovate, acuminate, 1-veined; lateral sepals 12 x 5 mm, obovate-oblong, subacuminate, 1-veined; petals 10 x 3-4 mm, obliquely oblong, acuminate, 1-veined, connate with dorsal sepal; lip 3-lobed, 20 x 20 mm, side lobes 10 x 3 mm, oblong, retuse, curved, mesochile with 5-7 pairs of long fimbriate epichile, bilobed, lobes broad at apex, truncate; spur bilobulate, with spindle-shaped gland.

Flowering and fruiting: November-December
Evergreen and shola forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

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Anoectochilus elatus Lindl SN Oct 15 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Anoectochilus elatus Lindl is a terrestrial saprophytic orchid, golden brown leaves, shining, observed from Kodaikanal area of Tamilnadu


I am not sure with this picture but Anoectochilus roxburghii is also found in south India and secondly this is not saprophytic orchid. Thanks a lot for sharing.


This does look like Anoectochilus elatus. But cant confirm without flowers!


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