This rare orchid has particularly exotic flowers with dark yellow petals surrounding a slipper-like pouch. Maroon stripes run from the heart of the flower to the tips of the three outer petals, and the centre is speckled with maroon.
No direct conservation action has been targeted at this species, other than its listing on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which prohibits all international trade (2).
A plant that uses another plant, typically a tree, for its physical support, but which does not draw nourishment from it.
Thickened, branching, creeping storage stems. Although most rhizomes grow laterally just along or slightly below the soil's surface, some grow several inches deep. Roots grow from the underside of the rhizome, and during the growing season new growth sprouts from buds along the top. A familiar rhizome is the ginger used in cooking.
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