Purple-Spike Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Purple-Spike Bulb-Leaf Orchid
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Purple-Spike Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum careyanum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Anisopetalum careyanum, Phyllorkis purpurea, Pleurothallis purpurea

Purple-Spike Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a tree-dwelling orchid with remote, spherical to oblong, lightly grooved pseudobulbs with a single apical, oblong to linear oblong, leaf. The plant blooms in the winter and spring on a basal, stout, brown, up to 23 cm long, lateral to hanging, many flowered inflorescence. The inflorescences are covered with many lance-shaped, brown bracts and carry foul smelling flowers with lance-shaped floral bracts. Purple-Spike Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Thailand and Vietnam in evergreen lowland forests, at altitudes of 200-2100 m. Found Flowering: November.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Uttarakhand.

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