Adorned Golden-Tongue Orchid
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Adorned Golden-Tongue Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Adorned Golden-Tongue Orchid
Botanical name: Chrysoglossum ornatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Chrysoglossum erraticum, Chrysoglossum maculatum, Chrysoglossum gibbsiae

Adorned Golden-Tongue Orchid is a small to just medium sized terrestrial orchid with conical to round, dark green pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a sheath and carrying a single, apical, elliptical, pleated, tapering leaf, abruptly narrowing below in to the elongate stalked base. The plant blooms in the fall on a purple, 70 cm long, several flowered raceme, with green, spreading, lanceshaped-ovate, pointed, floral bracts. Flowers are green with reddish brown spots, lip white or yellowish spotted with purple, column white; flower-stalk and ovary up to 2 cm. Dorsal sepal is oblong, 12-14 x about 3 mm, 5-veined, almost blunt; lateral sepals sickle shaped-oblong, 10-16 x about 3.5 mm, 5-veined. Petals are sickle shaped, 12-14 x 4-5 mm; lip 8-10 mm, base with 2 small ears, 3-lobed near middle. Adorned Golden-Tongue Orchid is found in Nepal to NE India, China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 700-1700 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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