Tiny Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Tiny Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Tiny Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum rolfei    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Bulbophyllum parvulum, Cirrhopetalum parvulum, Phyllorkis rolfei

Tiny Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with sometimes touching, sometimes 0.7-1.25 cm between each ovoid pseudobulb carrying a single, narrowly elliptic, nearly pointed, stalkless leaf, narrowing towards the base. The plant blooms in the later summer on a erect, slender, 2.5-3.75 cm long, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with lanceshaped, tapering, equal to the ovary in length floral bracts. Flowers are pendent, 6-8 mm long; sepals and petals red purple to yellow blotched with dark red purple, lip deep red purple; flower-stalk and ovary hairless, 4-7 mm long. Dorsal sepal is oblong ovate, pointed 3 veined, 5-6 x 1.5-2 mm; lateral sepals linear oblong, tapering, weakly curved, divergent, 3 veined, adnate at base only, 1.1-1.6 x 0.2-0.3 mm. Petals are ovate, pointed, margins erose, 3 veined, 3.5-4.5 x 1-1.3 mm. Lip is simple, fleshy, narrowly oblong, tapering to somewhat pointed at tip, 3-4 x 0.5-0.8 mm. Tiny Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Nepal to NE India, China and N. Myanmar.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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