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  Gastrochilus acaulis
 
  Family: ORCHIDACEAE
  Citation:  Gastrochilus acaulis (Lindl.) O. Ktze., Rev. Gen. Pl. 2: 661. 1891; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 318. 1997; Muktesh, Epiphytic Fl. Western Ghats 97. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 417. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 304. 1999; Sathish in Manoharan et al., Silent Valley-Whispers Reason 203. 1999; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 675. 2002; Sathish & Manilal, Orchid Memories 191. 2004; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 812. 2009. Cleisostoma acaulis Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 227. 1833. Saccolabium acaule (Lindl.) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 61. 1890. Vanda pulchella Wight, Ic. t. 9. 1852. Gastrochilus calceolare (Buch.-Ham. ex Smith) D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 32. 1825; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 455. 1988; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 283. 1988; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 384. 1989. Saccolabium nilagiricum Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 60. 1890. Gastrochilus nilagiricus (Hook.f.) O.Ktze., Rev. Gen. Pl. 2: 661. 1891; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 369. 1985. Gastrochilus pulchellus (Wight) Schltr., Feddes Repert. 12: 215. 1913; Abraham & Vatsala, Introd. Orchids 466. 1981; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 479. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 458. 1994. Saccolabium pulchellum (Wight) C.E.C. Fisch., Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1446(1011). 1928; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 374. 1995. Gastrochilus indicus Garay, Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harvard Univ. 23:180. 1972; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 284. 1988; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 484. 2005.
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  Description: Epiphytic herbs; stem 2 cm high. Leaves 4-10 x 1 cm, oblong, obliquely bifid at apex. Flowers yellow, on 2 cm long, stout, lateral raceme. Dorsal sepal 8 x 3.5 mm, obovate, obtuse; lateral sepals 7.5 x 4 mm, elliptic, obtuse. Petals 7 x 3.5, obovate. Lip 7 x 8 mm, deeply saccate; epichile triangular, margins dentate with few papillae near centre.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-November
  District(s): Kottayam, Kasaragode, Kannur, Palakkad, Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Wayanad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Semi-evergreen, evergreen and moist and dry deciduous forests
  Distribution: Southern India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): Yes
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Yellow, Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Altitude: 850-1050
  Localities: Alvarakurichi, Olippara, Vallakkadavu, Aruvanpara, Nedumpoyil, Parappa, Sabari hills, Ayyappankovil, Mukkali forests, Thenmalai, Athirumala, Meenmutty
   
 
   
 
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