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Wight's Dendrobium   
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Wight's Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Regy Yohannan
Common name: Wight's Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium wightii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista graminifolia

Wight's Dendrobium is an orchid growing on wet rocks, stem slender, round, 15-20 cm tall. Leaves are up to 6.7 x 0.5 cm, linear, pointed, membranous. Flowers are pinkish-white, 4-5, in 6-10 cm long, slender flexuous at branch-ends racemes; dorsal sepal oblong-lanceshaped, pointed, 3-veined; lateral sepals 10 x 3 mm, slightly obliquely oblong-lanceshaped, pointed, 3-veined; petals 8 x 2 mm, inverted-lanceshaped, pointed, margins serrulate or erose, 3-veined; lip 11 x 3-6 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes 2 x 1 mm, obliquely ovate-oblong, blunt; midlobe 6 x 6 mm, round, margins rounded toothed, wavy; base of the lip united with the column foot and lateral sepals forming a cylindric spur, 3 x 1 mm, bluntly bifid at tip. Wight's Dendrobium is found in India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Regy Yohannan Photographed in Kerala.

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