Arrow-Lip Dendrobium
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Arrow-Lip Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Arrow-Lip Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium hesperis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Flickingeria hesperis

Arrow-Lip Dendrobium is a tree-dwelling orchid 1-2 ft tall. Leaves are up to 11 cm long, stalkless. They are minutely bilobulate, mid-vein terminating in a short flat-blunt mucro in sinus. Flowers are small, white, occuring singly in leaf axil or at leaf base. Sepals are cream-colored with dark brown spots on the outside, triangular, pointed. Petals are as long as the dorsal sepals, white linear-lanceshaped. Lip is 3-lobed, cream-colored, margins almost entire. Lower part of the lip has large side lobes, is triangular in out line, like arrow-head, without any color spots, keels 3, yellow. Arrow-Lip Dendrobium is known only from three disjoint regions, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Laos. Flowering: June-July (Uttarakhand) September (Manipur).

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.

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