Brown Dendrobium
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Brown Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Brown Dendrobium, Chapa Epigeneium
Botanical name: Dendrobium brunneum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Epigeneium chapaense, Sarcopodium chapaense

Brown Dendrobium is a mat forming, small sized, warm to cold growing tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with a creeping to hanging, much branching rhizome with 5 mm between each angular, often tetragonal, reclining with upturned tip pseudobulb enveloped by papery sheaths and carrying a single, apical, almost erect to spreading, apical, leathery, rigid, slightly rugose, minutely marginate, oblong-elliptic to obovate leaf which is rounded to blunt apically, slightly unequally bilobed, dark green above, reddish to light green beneath. The plant blooms in the spring on a short, slender, rising up, horizontal to descending, single flowered inflorescence. Flowers are curiosuly brown in color, about 2.5 cm across. Brown Dendrobium is found in Arunachal Pradesh to N Vietnam, at altitudes of 600 to 2200 m.

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

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