Cut-Lip Dendrobium
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Cut-Lip Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Chon C.
Common name: Cut-Lip Dendrobium, Fringe-Lip Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium brymerianum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista brymerana, Dendrobium histrionicum

Cut-Lip Dendrobium is a small to medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid that has an erect, yellowish pseudobulb with 2 swollen, central internodes carrying 6 leaves per growth. The oblong-lanceshaped, thin-textured, shiny, rich green, and leathery leaves persist for several growing seasons and then fall off. The lateral or branch-end, 10 cm long, raceme arises from the nodes near the tip of the mature pseudobulb with 1 to 5, extremely fragrant, spreading, glossy, short lived flowers that occur in the spring and again in the fall. The flowers are yellow, with the petals oblong, about 25 x 7 mm, 7-veined, entire, blunt. Lip is ovate-triangular, about 2 x 1.5 cm, margin shortly fringed with long and branched fringes, apical fringe longer than lip. Cut-Lip Dendrobium is found in NE India to S. Yunnan and N. Indo-China, at altitudes of 1100-1900 m.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Ukhrul, Manipur.

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