Awl-Leaf Closed-Mouth Orchid
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Awl-Leaf Closed-Mouth Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Awl-Leaf Closed-Mouth Orchid
Botanical name: Cleisostoma subulatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cleisostoma amabile, Cymbidium flavescens, Sarcanthus subulatus

Awl-Leaf Closed-Mouth Orchid is a small to medium sized, pendant, semi-round leafed, tree-dwelling orchid with, drooping, short stems with upturned tips carrying thick, fleshy, v-channeled, rigid tapering leaves. The plant blooms any time of the year on an unbranched, stiffly pendant, to 10-17 cm long, lightly flecked violet brown, shorter than the leaves, densely many (up to 40) flowered raceme with a very shortly triangular floral bract and carries successive opening flowers. Awl-Leaf Closed-Mouth Orchid is is native to E. Himalaya to SE Asia.

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

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