|Subkingdom:||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision:||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants|
|Class:||Liliopsida – Monocots|
|Family:||Orchidaceae (The Orchid family)|
|Botanical name:||Spathoglottis plicata|
|Common Name:||Philippine Ground Orchid|
Most orchids are Epiphytes. (An Epiphyte is a plant that grows on another plant and depends on it for support but not for nutrients) S. plicata is the most common terrestrial Orchid. The leaves are pleated and resemble palm leaves. Flowers are borne on erect spikes. I have seen three varieties of this species in our area: Lilac, White and Light Pink. We have the lilac and white ones at our garden. Ants are a common nuisance on orchids.
The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala
Flowers of India