Deccan Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Deccan Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Deccan Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum fischeri    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum gamblei, Phyllorkis hookeri

Deccan Bulb-Leaf Orchid is an orchid growing on trees. Pseudobulb are ovoid, ridged, 1 x 1 cm, distantly placed. Leaves are solitary, 4-5.5 x 1-1.5 cm, elliptic-oblong or linear-oblong, base nearly pointed; leaf-stalk 1 cm long, blunt, notched at tip. Flowers are 4-8, yellow, on 5-8 cm long slender flower-cluster-stalk; bracts 4-5.5 x 1-2.6 mm, elliptic, pointed, 5-veined. Dorsal sepal is 3.5-7.5 x 2-4 mm, ovate or elliptic, pointed, 5-veined, puberulus, hooded; lateral sepals 11-20 x 3-4.1 mm, streaked with reddish-purple, linear-lanceshaped, subtapering, 5-veined, puberulus near the base. Petals are 1.9-4.5 x 1.5-3 mm, elliptic-oblong or round, blunt, 3-veined. Lip fleshy, 4 x 1-2 mm, dark purple, ovate, oblong, blunt, curved. DeccanBulb-Leaf Orchid is found in South India, Sri Lanka and Laos. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: Ravee Bhat Photographed in Chikamagalur, Karntaka.

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