Green Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Green Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Green Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum raskotii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Sunipia nepalensis

Green Bulb-Leaf Orchid a mini-miniature sized, mat forming, tree-dwelling orchid with a creeping, stout, dark brown rhizome with 1 to 4 cm between each obliquely ovoid-conical, greenish. The pseudobulb carryies a single, apical, strap-shaped-lanceshaped, nearly pointed, obscurely bilobed, leathery leaf. The plant blooms in the later spring on a drooping inflorescence carried on slender flower-cluster-stalk, 3.5-5 cm long, 1 to 3 flowered with lanceshaped, brownish, tinged purple-brown floral bracts. Flowers open widely, about 1.5 cm across; flower-stalk with ovary 2-2.5 cm long, ridged, green tinged with purple stripes or not; floral bracts 3-5 x 1.5- 2 mm, lanceshaped, pointed, whitish-brown with 3-5-veined, veins dark brown. Sepals are ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, pale greenish-yellow, 5-veined, veins purple; dorsal sepal erect and recurved towards tip, 6.2-6.5 x 1.9-2 mm; lateral sepals obliquely spreading, 7.6-8 x 2.9-3 mm. Petals are 3 x 2.9 mm, broadly ovate, blunt, greenish-yellow, 3-veined, veins purple. Lip 6-7 x 5-6 mm, circular with with a tail tip. Green Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Nepal to NE India.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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