Arunachal Belly-Lip Orchid
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Arunachal Belly-Lip Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Arunachal Belly-Lip Orchid
Botanical name: Gastrochilus arunachalensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Arunachal Belly-Lip Orchid is a tree-dwelling orchid with stem, erect, 4.0 cm long and 1.0 cm in diameter, with 3-4 leaves. Leaves are nearly basal, distichous, oblong, 8.0-15.0 x 1.7-2.3 cm, slightly fleshy or leathery, tip blunt and unequally 2-lobed. Flowers are borne in 1-4 umbels arising from base of stem, often 8-10-flowered. Flower-cluster-stalk is straight, 1-2 cm, stout, with 2 cup-shaped sheaths. Flowers are yellow or yellow green, densely with dark brown or purplish spots. Sepals are similar, inverted-lanceshaped, 6.8-7.0 x 3.2-3.5 mm, base contracted, tip blunt. Petals are inverted-lanceshaped, 6.2-6.5 x 2.3-2.5 mm, tip blunt. Lip is with an epichile and a saccate hypochile; epichile triangular, 2.5-3.0 x 5.4-6.0 mm, fleshy, above hairless, with a central cushion; hypochile cup-shaped, about 6 mm tall, about 4 mm in diameter, white tinged with pale yellow at bottom, outside with 3 ridges. Arunachal Belly-Lip Orchid is found in East Himalaya to Myanmar. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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