Fading Dendrobium
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Fading Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Fading Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium fugax    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Flickingeria fugax, Callista fugax, Dendrobium sordidum

Fading Dendrobium is a large sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a round, branching stem carrying an elliptic, smooth pseudobulb partially enveloped basally by an evanescent leaf-less sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, pointed leaf, gradually narrowing below into the base. The plant blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a short, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the tip of the bulb and held close to the leaf base. Flowers are white, 1 or 2, arising at the base of leaf, 3-3.5 cm across, fleeting; dorsal sepal strap-shaped; petals much narrower than the sepals; lip purple marked or white, 3 lobed, oblong, dilated from a wedge-shaped base; side lobes flat at tip; mid lobe clawed, abruptly hastate-fan shaped; keels 2, membranous, crenulate and lobulate; column very short. Fading Dendrobium is found in the Himalaya to Indo-China, up to 2000 m altitude. Flowering: March-October.

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

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