Everyone is fond of orchids.Sahyadri has a rich biodiversity. One of
its beautiful members is ground orchids.These are typically seen on
plains.As one visits some of the famous plains like Kas near Satara,
(Mah) every week a new ground variety of orchid can be spotted and is
also in great numbers, and the scene is awesome.
These Habenerias are very small herbs,fro Orchidaceae family, the
total height of the plant is 10-30cm or so and typically the flowers
are in groups of two to three.There is only one leaf or a pair which
is flush with the ground.The flowers hardly last a week or two and
disappear altogether to reappear again next year.So one has to catch
the exact dates to enjoy the beauty.
The book 'Flowers of Sahyadri' By Shrikant Ingalhalikar has very good
illustrations about these.