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Maskeliya Bulb-Leaf Orchid   
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Maskeliya Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Maskeliya Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum maskeliyense    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Maskeliya Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a tree-swelling, creeping orchid with pseudobulbs 0.6-1 x 0.5-0.9 cm, spherical or ovoid, slightly angled. It is named for Maskeliya, a place in Sri Lanka, The name bulb-leaf comes from the character of the orchid with leafy bulb, with one leaf coming out of it. Leaves are shortly stalked, solitary at the top of the pseudobulb, 1-2 x 0.3-0.6 cm, linear-elliptic or linear-lanceshaped, notched, grooved along midrib, slightly twisted, wedge-shaped at base, entire, leathery. Flowers are borne in an umbel on a flower-cluster-stalk 0.4-0.5 cm, with 1 or 2 sterile bracts; floral bracts 0.15-0.2 x 0.04-0.05 cm, ovate-oblong. Flower-stalks are very short and swollen. Flowers are 2 or 3, 6-8 x 2.5-3.5 mm, golden yellow. Sepals dissimilar, dorsal sepal 3.4-5.2 x 2-2.5 mm, ovate, somewhat pointed, induplicate, hairless, entire 3-veined; lateral sepals 4-5.x 2.1-2.8 mm, ovate-lanceshaped. Petals are 2-3 x 1.1-1.5 mm, elliptic-ovate, pointed, hairless, entire, 3-veined. Lip 2-2.2 mm long, thick tongue-shaped, articulating with the foot of the column. Fruit is smooth, 6 x 4 mm, oblong-obovate, shiny capsule. Maskeliya Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in South India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Topslip, Anamalais, Tamil Nadu.

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