Ganesh Mani Pradhan & Son
(Syn. Boesenbergia longiflora, Gastrochilus longiflorus)
Description: A deciduous plant with its small tufted rhizomes remaining dormant underground during the winter. In early spring as the weather warms up new growths appear and develop fast producing 2 to 4 leaves. The petioles are quite short and clasp each other appear as a stem. Otherwise, it is actually stemless. Leaves are broad and though entirely deep green in color, appear decorative as a pot plant. The inflorescence arises from the base of the plant on a short peduncle. Individual flowers are showy with a broad lip that has a distinctive red band. The flowers are of a cream/white color with delicate pink flushing.
Habitat: This species is found in the eastern Himalayas and inhabits intermediate to warm forest areas near mountain streams and damp forest floors. Grows fast and vigorously during the summer monsoon months.
Ehtnobotany: Not known