Monday, February 18, 2013

Philippine Ground Orchid


Scientific Name: Spathoglottis plicata
Common Name: Philippine Ground Orchid

The flowers have 5, oval-shaped, pink, purple, or white tepals (2 side petals and 3 petal-like sepals) and a similarly colored, spade-shaped labellum. The flowers are followed by 6-ribbed seed capsules that split open to release the minute, dustlike seeds into the air. The leaves emerge from pseudo bulbs and are bright green, linear-lanceolate, and distinctively plicate (having fanlike folds along their length).

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