Pecteilis - Rafinesque


An Indo-Malesian genus of 12 species of terrestrial orchids, Pecteilis is represented in India by four speceis . Only one species is found in Kerala .

1. Pecteilis gigantea (J.E.Sm) Rafin., Fl. Tell. 2 : 38 . 1837; Joseph 1982 : 51 & 1987: 67.

Orchis gigantea J.E. Sm. , Exot. Bot. 2: 79 .T. 100. 1805.

Palanthera susannae auct.pl. non. (L.) Lindl.: Wight 1844-45: 12.t. 920; Fischer in Gamble 1928 : 1475; Saldanha in Saldanha & Nicolson 1976 : 844.

Habenaria susannae auct. non (L.) Rafin.: Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 252.

Pecteilis susannae auct. non (L. ) Rafin .: Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 252.

platanthera gigantea (J.E. Sm. ) J. Vujik , Orchidea 27(6) : 133. 1965.

Related to Pecteilis susannae (L.) Rafin., a species widespread in eastern Asia from Northeast India , China down to northern Malaysia and Java to Amboina , and characterized by having an orbicular dorsal sepal and less laciniate sidelobes of lip . Pecteilis gigantea , on the contrary , has a rhomboidal dorsal sepal and deeply laciniate sidelobes for the lip .

Occurrence : Trivandrum , Pathanamthitta , Idukki, Thrissur and Palghat Districts .

Distribution : India and Pakistan.

 

 
 

 

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