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Published: 2022-09-30

Trichoglottis longifolia (Orchidaceae: Epidendroideae: Vandeae: Aeridinae), a new species from Sri Lanka

Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10100, Sri Lanka
Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Department of Building Studies, British College of Applied Studies, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden, Lam Kam Road, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong S.A.R., P.R. China
cherub orchid epiphyte Epidendroideae Endangered Monocots

Abstract

Trichoglottis longifolia Atthan., C. Bandara, N.L. Bandara & Kumar sp. nov. is described and illustrated as a new species from Sri Lanka. So far, the genus was represented by a single species in Sri Lanka, Trichoglottis tenera. The new species can be easily distinguished from T. tenera in having longer leaves, yellowish-green flowers with lanceolate dorsal sepal and petals and a longer spur. This species occurs in sub-montane forests in Sabaragamuwa Province and categorized as Endangered based on the available data.

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