Spatula-Lip Dendrobium
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Spatula-Lip Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Spatula-Lip Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium spatella    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium banaense, Aporum spatella

Spatula-Lip Dendrobium is a small sized orchid dwelling on trees and rocks, with erect, laterally compressed, basally contracted, unbranched, many noded stem. The stem carries distichous, slightly sparsely overlapping to alternate, laterally compressed, dagger-shaped leaves, which are thickly leathery or fleshy, dilated below into sheaths that clasp the stem. Flowers are borne in a lateral, leafless pseudoraceme. Flowers are very small, creamish white, lip tinged with red. Dorsal sepal nearly ovate, 3-5 x 1.6-2 mm, blunt; lateral sepals obliquely ovate-triangular, 3.5-6 mm, base very oblique, mentum 5-7 mm, narrow. Petals are oblong, about as long as dorsal sepal, but narrower, bluntly rounded; lip spoon-shaped, 8-10 x 4-6 mm, rounded; disk with 3-5 central ridged projections. Column very short. Capsules are elliptic, 4-7 mm. Spatula-Lip Dendrobium is found in East Himalaya to S. China and Peninsula Malaysia.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in State Orchidarium, Manipur.

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