Curved-Lip Micropera
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Curved-Lip Micropera
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Curved-Lip Micropera
Botanical name: Micropera mannii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Camarotis mannii, Sarcochilus mannii, Thrixspermum mannii

Curved-Lip Micropera is a small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a branched stem carrying distichous, linear-oblong, keeled beneath, blunt to somewhat pointed, minutely bifid apically, stalkless, jointed leaves. It is named for Horace Mann Jr., 19th century American naturalist. The plant blooms in the late spring and early summer on a straight, hairless, 2-8.5 cm long, laxly 8-18 flowered inflorescence with ovate, pointed to apiculate floral bracts. Flowers are pale-pink, 0.6-0.7 cm. across. Sepals and petals are nearly equal, spoon-shaped-oblong, reflexed. Lip is more or less slipper shaped, blunt, decurved; side lobes bluntly triangular, incurved; mid lobe with a flat callus. Curved-Lip Micropera is found in East Himalaya at altitudes of 330-1100 m.

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

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