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Arunachal Pradesh SF

Arunachal Pradesh – Kachnar


Common Name: Foxtail Orchid

Local Name: Kopou Phul

Scientific Name: Rhynchostylis retusa

Description: A pendant raceme with more than 100 pink-spotted white flowers is called a foxtail orchid. Warm weather encourages the growth of the flowers, which typically blossom in April. Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, as well as northeastern India, are home to foxtail orchids. In addition, it can be found in the Philippines, Nepal, Malaysia, China, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.  The flower is in danger of going extinct because to biopiracy and forest devastation. 

Uses: Wounds and bruises can be treated using foxtail orchids. In order to moisturize and protect the skin, it is also utilized as an emollient. Many plant concoctions are utilized in southern India to cure conditions like TB, vertigo, asthma, and cramping. The flowers are a crucial component of traditional Assamese marriage ceremonies because the plant is also seen as a symbol of fertility, love, and celebration.

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