Notched-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Notched-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Notched-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum emarginatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum emarginatum

Notched-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a creeping rhizome with 13 to 9.5 cm between each conical-pear-shaped, erect pseudobulb enveloped by broadly lanceshaped-ovate, pointed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-oblong to linear-ovate, blunt leaf which is flat to notched, dorsal vein keeled, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, stalked base leaf. The plant blooms in the fall on a basal, erect, thread-like, sparsely warty, umbel-like, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with 2 overlapping, tubular sheaths and papery, lanceshaped floral bracts and carrying pendant, upside down flowers. Flowers are purplish red. Dorsal sepal ovate-oblong, about 10 x 8 mm, tip flat and notched, fringed with hairs; lateral sepals sickle shaped-lanceshaped, 2-4.2 cm, base adnate to column foot, twisted near base, their upper and lower edges fused to each other forming a conic-cylindric synsepal, tip with a tail. Petals are nearly round, about 9 x 9 mm, fringed with hairs; lip ovate, about 8 x 4 mm. Column is about 3 mm; foot about 5 mm. Notched-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, at altitudes of 800-2200 m. Flowering: October.

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

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