Dusky Dendrobium
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Dusky Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Dusky Dendrobium, Ochre-Yellow Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium fuscescens    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Epigeneium fuscescens, Bulbophyllum fuscescens, Callista fuscescens

Dusky Dendrobium is a miniature sized, rock-dwelling or tree-dwelling orchid with 2.5-3.8 cm between each narrowly cylindric-ovoid pseudobulb and carrying 2, apical, narrowly elliptic-lanceshaped, leathery, stalkless to shortly stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the fall on a branch-end, single flowered inflorescence with an ovate-lanceshaped, pointed floral bract. Flowers are pale brown; flower-stalk and ovary about 3 cm. Dorsal sepal is ovate-lanceshaped, 17-20 x about 5 mm, long tapering; lateral sepals sickle shaped-lanceshaped, 21-24 x 5-10 mm, tapering-with a tail. Petals are narrowly oblong or linear, 25-30 x 2.5-3 mm, tapering-with a tail; lip ovate-oblong in outline, about 15 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, suboblong; mid-lobe elliptic, about 12 x 6 mm, often hooked aristate. Dusky Dendrobium is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India and China, at altitudes of 1300-2300 m. Flowering: October.

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

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