Spindle-Bulb Dendrobium
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Spindle-Bulb Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Spindle-Bulb Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium turbinatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium crispum auct. non Dalz., Dendrobium microbulbon auct. non A. Rich., Lindl.

Spindle-Bulb Dendrobium is a small epiphytic orchid, which can be often seen growing out of bark of trees. Pseudobulbs are spindle- to top-shaped, 2-3 noded, 2-3 leaved apically, usually leafless at flowering time, up to 20 x 10 mm. Leaves are linear-strap-shaped, pointed, 20-140 x 3-13 mm. Inflorescences are 1-3, apical, 1.5-10 cm long; flower-cluster-stalk 1-6 cm long, 2 to many flowered, 2.6-4 cm long. Floral leaves are oblong- lanceshaped, somewhat pointed, up to 4 × 2 mm. Flowers are white, the lip marked with purple. Flower-stalk 0.7-1 cm long. Dorsal sepal is oblong, somewhat pointed, 3 veined, 7.20 x 2.75 mm. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong from a wide base, 6.5 mm long, 3 mm wide medially, forming with the column foot a funnel-shaped, straight, somewhat pointed, 6.9-7.0 mm long mentum, front of mentum closed and spur-like for 3-4 mm. Petals are obliquely inverted-lanceshaped, blunt, 3 veined, 7.5 x 2.8 mm. Lip is trilobed, 7 mm long. Column is relatively slender, 1.9-2.0 mm long. Spindle-Bulb Dendrobium is native to India.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke, Sushant More Photographed in Maharashtra.

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