Bristly Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Bristly Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Bristly Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum hirtum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Bulbophyllum kerrii, Bulbophyllum suave, Phyllorkis hirta

Bristly Bulb-Leaf Orchid an uncommon, creeping, small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with crowded, spherical to ovoid-cylindric pseudobulbs carrying two apical, deciduous, oblong-lanceshaped to oblong-inverted-lanceshaped, flaccid leaves which are somewhat pointed, stalked at base. The plant blooms after it drops the deciduous leaves in the late summer on a basal, erect to arcuate then pendant, 25 cm long, densely many flowered, raceme which is glandular velvet-hairy. The inflorescence carries broadly ovate floral bracts and small, hairy, strongly cinnamon scented flowers held way above the leaves. Flowers are greenish white. Sepals free; dorsal sepal lanceshaped, about 4.5 x 2 mm, below densely velvet-hairy, tip pointed and slightly curved; lateral sepals slightly larger than dorsal sepal, obliquely ovate-lanceshaped, below densely velvet-hairy, base adnate to column foot, tip pointed. Petals are inverted-lanceshaped, about 2 x 1.5 mm, membranous, margins fringed-fringed with hairs. Bristly Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in NE India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, China, at altitudes of 1800 m.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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