Double-Edged Dendrobium
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Double-Edged Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Double-Edged Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium anceps    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Aporum anceps, Callista anceps, Ditulima anceps

Double-Edged Dendrobium is a small to large sized, drooping, tree-dwelling orchid with flattened, zigzag appearing stems carrying many, fleshy, distichous, ovate-lanceshaped, sharply pointed, leaves that are folded tightly leaves. The leaves are held in a single plane, and are also shed. The plant blooms in the summer and fall on a short, at branch-ends and lateral, flowered inflorescence with small, single, fleshy, fragrant flowers arising from in between the leaf axils occuring anywhere along the stem but mostly at the tip. Flowers are 2 cm across, greenish yellow with reddish brown markings and shades on the disc of the lip and its underside. Sepals are unequal, elliptic, blunt with the lateral ones clasped together at the base and much larger than the dorsal. Petals are much narrower than the sepals, spreading, elliptic and blunt. Lip is oblong, slightly decurved, the edges entire in the lower portion and crisped in the upper part. Double-Edged Dendrobium is found in Nepal to Indo-China, and Andaman Islands, at altitudes of 200-1400 m.

Identification credit: Aditya Gadkari Photographed in South Andaman.

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