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Glossary
velamen
A spongy layer of dead cells that cover a number of epiphytic plants, such as orchids.
It acts to absorb fleeting water and atmospheric moisture
and when dry stops the roots from losing water.
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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velamen
A spongy layer of dead cells that cover a number of epiphytic plants, such as orchids.
It acts to absorb fleeting water and atmospheric moisture
and when dry stops the roots from losing water.
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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Chiloschista parishii

Flowers and Roots
Family Orchidaceae
Name Chiloschista parishii
Abbreviation Chsch.

  See also:  Other Genera

This unusual orchid does not have leaves of any significance, having reduced its leaves to bracts that drop off soon after they grow. The job of photosynthesis is taken over by its roots that have a green layer below the velamen. The inflorescence is produced from its crown, and this in turn, produces a dozen or so tiny flowers, under 10mm across. It comes from lowland forests in the Himalayan foothills through to Vietnam, Thailand and Burma.


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