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Ornithochilus cacharensis

Ornithochilus cacharensis is a Critically Endangered orchid, which was recently discovered in Cachar, Assam (India).
Ornithochilus cacharensis inflorescences

Ornithochilus cacharensis (Photo: H. A. Barbhuiya, Botanical Survey of India)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Ornithochilus cacharensis Barbhuiya, B.K.Dutta & Schuit.

Conservation status: 

Critically Endangered (CR) according to IUCN Red List criteria. Only one plant has been recorded.

Habitat: 

Epiphytic (on the trunk of Duabanga grandiflora) in wet evergreen lowland forest.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Orchidaceae
Genus: Ornithochilus

About this species

Ornithochilus cacharensis is a small orchid with bright red-purple flowers opening from June to October. Its growth habit is monopodial (it continues to grow each year from the same growing point). Only one plant has been recorded, and it is considered to be Critically Endangered.

Ornithochilus is closely related to the well-known genus Phalaenopsis (moth orchids) and will in the future be combined with the latter.

Genus: 
Ornithochilus

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