Golden Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Golden Bulb-Leaf Orchid
ative Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Golden Bulbophyllum
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum aureum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Phyllorchis aurea, Cirrhopetalum aureum

Golden Bulbophyllum is a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing orchid found growing on trees, carrying a single, elliptical, stalked base leaf. Pseudobulbs are ovoid, 1.5 x 1 cm, tapering towards tip, ridged, distantly placed on stout rhizomes. Leaves are solitary, 5 x 1.5 cm, elliptic-oblong, base somewhat tapering to form 1 cm long leaf-stalk, tip blunt-notched. Flowers are 1 or 2, golden yellow, 3 x 1 cm, in about 4 cm long slender flower-cluster-stalk. Bract 4.8 x 1.6 mm, lanceshaped, pointed, 3-veined. Dorsal sepals are 8.5 x 5.5 mm, elliptic, blunt at tip, 5-veined, lateral sepals 17 x 3-4 mm, oblong, lanceshaped, pointed, 5-veined. Petals are 5.5 x 3.5-5 mm, ovate, oblong, broad at base, 3-veined; lip 8 x 2-3 mm, ovate-oblong, blunt, curved, fleshy. Golden Bulbophyllum is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Silent Valley National Park, Kerala.

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