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Griffith's Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Griffith's Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Griffith's Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum griffithii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Bulbophyllum calodictyon, Bulbophyllum chitouense, Dendrobium bulbophylli

Griffith's Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a mini-miniature sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid on mossy rocks has close set, ovoid, compressed, weakly curved, rugose pseudobulbs with a single apical, deflexed, oblong-lanceshaped, somewhat pointed to blunt, stalked leaf. The plant blooms in the fall on a basal, very short inflorescence with a basal, tubular sheath and carrying a single flower. Flower is upside down, moderately opening, yellow or yellowish green with reddish purple dots, lip yellow, heavily stained with reddish purple above, column yellow. Flower-stalk and ovary 2.0-2.6 cm. Dorsal sepal recurved with top incurved, elliptic to ovate, 8-12 x 4.5-9 mm, rather thick, base rather broadly attached, margin entire, tip blunt to pointed; lateral sepals free, recurved, (ovate-)triangular, 9-13 x 6-10 mm, pointed, otherwise as dorsal sepal. Petals are recurved, elliptic to obovate, 6-10 x 3-5 mm, rather thick, base broadly attached, margins entire to finely erose-finely toothed, tip rounded to somewhat pointed; lip recurved close to tip, ovate, 5.5-8.5 x 4-6 mm, thick. Griffith's Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Central Himalaya to China (Yunnan), Central Taiwan, at altitudes of 1000-1700 m.

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

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