Peristylus spiralis A.Rich. 1841

Plant and Flowers in situ India

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Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Spiral Peristylus

Flower Size

Found in southwestern India and Sri Lanka as a medium sized terrestrial that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, 6" [15 cm] long, 2.5" [6.25 cm] long rachis, laxly several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Habenaria torta Hook.f. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018