Sikkim Nephelaphyllum
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Sikkim Nephelaphyllum
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Sikkim Nephelaphyllum
Botanical name: Nephelaphyllum pulchrum var. sikkimense    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Nephelaphyllum sikkimensis

Sikkim Nephelaphyllum is a miniature sized, terrestrial orchid occuring with a creeping, fleshy rhizome carrying closely spaced, fleshy, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate-triangular to heart-shaped, pointed to blunt, variegated dark and light green, flushed with purple leaves. The plany blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 10-25 cm long, very densely several (3 to 7) flowered, raceme, with the flowers held in an apical head. Flowers are about 2.5 cm, sepals 1.8 cm to the tip of the spur. Sepals and petals are white or purplish, spotted with pink, and a white lip with yellow ridges. Sikkim Nephelaphyllum is found in East Himalaya, at altitudes of 300-2000 m.

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

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