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  Vanilla walkeriae
 
  Family: ORCHIDACEAE
  Citation:  Vanilla walkeriae Wight, Ic. t. 932. 1843-45; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 90. 1890; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1451(1015). 1928; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 364. 1995; Muktesh, Epiphytic Fl. Western Ghats 127. 1998; Sathish & Manilal, Orchid Memories 229. 2004.
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  Description: Scandent, non pseudo-bulbous, apparently leafless epiphytes, climbing by means of aerial roots; stems thick, terete, deeply channelled. Leaves arrested, 1.2-3.7 cm long, lanceolate, acuminate. Flowers white, 6.8 cm broad, in very stout, many-flowered, 13-15 cm long racemes; floral bracts 8 x 5 mm, broadly ovate, subacute, 5-7-veined. Sepals 4.5 x 1.6-1.7 cm, broadly oblanceolate, subacute, 13-15-veined. Petals as long as sepals, 2.8 cm broad, spathulately obovate, 15-veined, margins wavy. Lip erect, 3.7-4.3 x 2.4 cm, obovate-oblong, undulate, crenate, inserted at the base of the column, embracing and fusing with it by a convolute claw and dilating into a trumpet-shaped limb with recurved margins, lateral lobes absent, apex triangular, acute; disc with 2 broad, papillate ridges from the base to beyond the middle; column long, narrow, 1.7 cm long, 2.5 mm broad. Anther terminal, incumbent, mitriform, 2-loculed, 2.5 mm long; pollinia 4, free without strape or glands, 1.7 x 0.7 mm. Ovary with pedicels 4.1 cm long. Fruit a very slender capsule, 12.5-15 cm long.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-August
  District(s): Kollam
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: South India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): Yes
  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
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  Localities: Vandalodu
   
 
   
 
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