Fleshy-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Fleshy-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Fleshy-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum sarcophyllum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum sarcophyllum, Bulbophyllum cherrapunjeense

Fleshy-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a small sized, pendent growing, tree-dwelling orchid with small, round, smashed psuedobulbs that have a single, apical, tall, oblong-lanceshaped, curved leaf which is shortly stalked. The plant blooms in the fall on a pendant, 11 cm long, basal, bracteate inflorescence that has an umbel of apical flowers held below the leaf height. Flowers are about 1 cm long, tinged with purple; flower-stalk with ovary about 5 mm long; floral bracts ovate-lanceshaped, 3 mm long, whitish, membranous, pointed to tapering at tip. Sepals are ovate, white with purple tinge, free; dorsal sepal ovate, about 6 x 3 mm; lateral sepals ovate-lanceshaped, about 8 x 3 mm, tips joined. Petals are ovate, white with purple tips, shorter than the dorsal sepal, about 3 x 2 mm, thinly textured, pointed at tip. Lip is oblong, white tinged with purple, curved, thick, about 3 x 1 mm, fleshy. Fleshy-Leaf Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Nepal to East Himalaya, Myanmar, Andaman Islands.

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

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