Cylindrical Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Cylindrical Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Cylindrical Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum cylindraceum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Phyllorkis cylindracea, Bulbophyllum imbricatum

Cylindrical Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a small sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with a creeping, stout rhizome with 5 to 7 mm between each very small to absent pseudobulb and carrying a rigid, erect, elliptic-oblong to obovate-lanceshaped, fleshy to leathery, blunt to apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, channeled, stalked base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on basal, erect then arching to pendent, densely many flowered inflorescence can be up to 30 to 45 cm long and has a basal sheath. Flowers pale purple, thickly textured, not widely opening. Dorsal sepal ovate-triangular, about 5 x 2.2 mm, below scaly, tip pointed; lateral sepals obliquely ovate, about 5 x 3 mm, below scaly, their lower edges fused to each other except tips, tip blunt. Petals oblong-lanceshaped, 2-4.4 x about 1.5 mm, thinly textured, entire, pointed or blunt; lip recurved, strap-shaped, about 3.5 x 2 mm, fleshy. Cylindrical Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Eastern HImalaya, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, China, at altitudes of 1400-2400 m. Flowering: November.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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