Long-Sepal Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Long-Sepal Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Long-Sepal Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum wallichii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum wallichii, Tripudianthes wallichii, Bulbophyllum refractoides

Long-Sepal Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a mini-miniature to miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with shortly conical, broad based, rugose at flowering pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, oblong to oblong-elliptic, pointed stalkless to shortly stalked leaves. Leaves are absent at flowering time. The plant flowers in the spring on a lateral, erect, slender, decurved, 8-13 cm long, laxly 4-12 flowered raceme. Sepals and petals are yellowish brown, with dense purple spots, usually turning tangerine; lip purplish black above and pale tangerine below. Dorsal sepal is lanceshaped, about 5 x 1.7 mm, 1-veined, margins irregularly fringed, tip long tapering and hooked; lateral sepals narrowly oblong, 37-40 x 2-2.5 mm, base adnate to column foot, twisted near base, their lower edges fused to each other, tip pointed and curved. Petals are obliquely ovate-triangular, about 3 x 1.5 mm, 1-veined, tip tapering and hooked. Lip is reflexed, strap-shaped, about 3.5 mm, fleshy. Long-Sepal Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in the Himalayas to Indo-China, at altitudes of 1400-1500 m. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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