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Jewel Orchid

Anoectochilus sp.


attractive black leaves veined in orange, terrestrial possibly Anoectochilus chapaensis.


monsoon forest


This leaves on the jewel orchid are actually more attractive than the flowers! It was in the middle of Eravikulam National park.

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craigwilliams 12 years ago

You're welcome Dan. It could be chapoensis but there are a few Anoectochilus in India and without the flowers it would be difficult to say for sure. I saw three spp. in Thailand in leaf and even though my guide from Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens assured me they were different, it was a leap of faith to believe him!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks a lot Craig. Do you think it could be Anoectochilus chapaensis?

craigwilliams 12 years ago

Gorgeous find Dan! I don't think this is Ludisia though. The reticulate patterning is more like Anoectochilus or Macodes. The flowers of some Anoectochilus are really cool too, like little skeletons!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Kerala, India

Spotted on Feb 7, 2008
Submitted on May 7, 2011

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