Leafless Dendrobium   
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Leafless Dendrobium
Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Leafless Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium aphyllum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium cucullatum, Epidendrum aphyllum

Leafless Dendrobium is an orchid which widely misidentified. The orchid which a lot of sources believe to be Dendrobium aphyllum, is actually Dendrobium cucullatum. Leafless Dendrobium is an orchid found often on orchard trees in open lowlands, in the Himalayas and NE India. It is a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with thin pendulous stems carrying many, thin, lance- shaped, deciduous leaves. The plant blooms on the nodes of leafless stems after the leaves have dropped occuring in the late spring. Flowers are green, with purplish markings on the lip.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.
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