Angelfish Orchid
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Angelfish Orchid
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Angelfish Orchid
Botanical name: Dendrobium aduncum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista adunca, Dendrobium oxyanthum, Dendrobium faulhaberianum

Angelfish Orchid is an orchid found growing on trees, with a drooping and clumping growth form. Flowers consist of pink to purple sepals and petals. The flower lip is white, the inner surface is densely hairy. The anther cap is dark purple and covered with a dense layer of hairs. Flowers are borne in racemes in leaf-axils, located on the upper part of the leafy or deciduous stems. Leaves are oblong to narrowly elliptic. with clasping sheaths at the base. Stems are cylindrical, unbranched and drooping, growing 50-100 cm long. Angelfish Orchid is found growing on tree trunks in mountain forests in Eastern Himalayas, at altitudes of 700-1000 m, and in Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Flowering: March-September.

Identification credit: Nimal Kumar, Vineeth Kumar Photographed in The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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