Mauve Orange-Lip Dendrobium
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Mauve Orange-Lip Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Mauve Orange-Lip Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium farmeri    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista farmeri, Dendrobium densiflorum var. farmeri

Mauve Orange-Lip Dendrobium is a drooping, tree-dwelling orchid with club-shaped or spindle-shaped, 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, towards the tip, leathery, ovate-lanceshaped, pointed or tapering leaves. It is named Named for Sir John Bretland Farmer (1865–1944) a British botanist. In the spring it blooms on in leaf-axils, 20 cm long, pendent, many densly flowered, cylindrical raceme that arise from the nodes near the tip of leafless and leafed canes. Flowers are mauve-white, lip yellowish-orange with pale yellowish white margins; flower-stalk and ovary slender, 2.5-4 cm long, slightly velvet-hairy; dorsal sepal narrowly ovate to ovate-oblong, 15-20 x 6-9 mm, tip nearly pointed to pointed, weakly 5- veined; lateral sepals ovate-oblong, 16-22 x 7-11 mm, base adnate to forming short mentum with the column foot; petals nearly round, 16-21 x 9-14 mm, shortly clawed at base, tip blunt to rounded. Lip is round, 1.5-2.4 x 1.5-1.6 cm, margin erose, tip rounded, velvet-hairy. Column is 5-6 mm long. Mauve Orange-Lip Dendrobium is found in Central Himalaya to Peninsula Malaysia, at altitudes of 150-1000 m.

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

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