Blunt-Leaf Uncifera
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Blunt-Leaf Uncifera
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Blunt-Leaf Uncifera
Botanical name: Uncifera obtusifolia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Uncifera heteroglossa, Saccolabium obtusifolium, Gastrochilus obtusifolius

Blunt-Leaf Uncifera is a hanging, small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a stem enveloped by veined leaf sheaths and carrying flat, oblong-elliptic, unequally bilobed apically, rounded lobes, narrowing to the jointed base leaves. The plant blooms in the summer on a hairless, pendent, 5-7.5 cm long, densely many flowered inflorescence. Flowers are about 1.2-1.6 cm across, pale lemon-colored, at first greenish. Limb of upper lip is shorter than the obovate-oblong obscurely nerved sepals. Tip of lip is thickened, side lobes are flat. Column is very short, rostellum beaked. Blunt-Leaf Uncifera is found in Nepal, Eastern Himalayas, Thailand, Vietnam at elevations of 1000-1700.

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

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