Beaked Micropera
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Beaked Micropera
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Beaked Micropera
Botanical name: Micropera rostrata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Aerides rostrata, Camarotis rostrata

Beaked Micropera is a medium to large sized, tree-dwelling orchid with an erect stem carrying distichous, oblong-linear, notched leaves. The plant blooms in the fall and early winter on an in leaf-axils to lateral, arching up to 20 cm long, several to many flowered raceme with fragrant flowers. Flowers are usually non-inverted, fleshy, usually purple, 2 cm. Sepals are oblong or obovate, blunt, often reflexed, lateral sepals fused for a short distance at base. Petals are linear-obovate or oblong, blunt, often reflexed. Lip is porrect, sac-like, spurred, tip trilobed, midlobe much smaller than sac or spur. Spur is sac-like, with a back wall callus. Beaked Micropera is found in NE India to Bangladesh.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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