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Habenaria latilabris (Lindl.) Hook.f.

Orchidaceae.
Local Name:
Nar Madi, Peer Gundal.
Synonym:
Platanthera latilabris Lindl.
Habit and Habitat:
Annual herb up to 50 cm tall, found in forest clearing and slopes of temperate and sub-alpine zones.
Taxonomic Features:
Tuber sessile, ovate-oblong. Stem slender,leafy. Leaves simple, oblong with acute tips. Inflorescence a spike, up to 18cm long. Flower zygomorphic, green-yellow. Sepals dark green. Dorsal sepals broadly ovate and lateral ovate or oblong, spreading or deflexed. Petals yellowish-green, glabrous, spreading,curved inward. Spur slender, deflexed. Fruit a capsule, fusiform.
Flowering and Fruiting:
July-August.
Harvesting Time:
August-October.
Medicinal Value:
Locally it is used to remove toxin from body as a blood purifier, also has aphrodisiac properties. Some local people believe that it is a symbol of fertility in humans.
Part Used:
Tuber.
Occurrence:
Uncommon.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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