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  Anoectochilus elatus
 
  Family: ORCHIDACEAE
  Citation:  Anoectochilus elatus Lindl., Proc. Linn. Soc. Bot. 1: 178. 1857; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 95. 1890 'elatior'; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1453(1016). 1928; Abraham & Vatsala, Introd. Orchids 196. 1981; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 390. 1984; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 269. 1988; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 448. 1994; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 434. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 309. 1997; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 80. 1998; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 680. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 401. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 301. 1999; Biju in Manoharan et al., Silent Valley-Whispers Reason 154. 1999; Sathish in Manoharan et al., Silent Valley-Whispers Reason 194. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 320. 2002; Sathish & Manilal, Orchid Memories 165. 2004; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 784. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Nagathali
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  Description: 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.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-December
  District(s): Palakkad, Wayanad, Kollam, Idukki, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen and shola forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Localities: Sholayar, Alvarakurichi, Karivepinshola, Melmanalar, Melmala, Pooppara, Kanthaloor forests, Sispara, Walla Ghat, Boneccord, Kunda hills
   
 
   
 
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