Fragrant Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Fragrant Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Fragrant Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum odoratissimum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Phyllorkis odoratissima, Stelis odoratissima, Tribrachia odoratissima

Fragrant Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid on mossy rocks with nearly cylindric, spreading pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong-lanceshaped leaf. The plant blooms in the spring and summer on a basal, slender, 7.5 cm long, many flowered inflorescence that has bracts and a apical cluster of 10-20, pleasingly fragrant flowers held at mid-leaf height. Flowers are slightly fragrant; sepals and petals white, later turning into orange in apical half; lip tangerine. Sepals are free, thickly textured; dorsal sepal ovate or ovate-lanceshaped, 3-7 x about 1.5 mm; lateral sepals lanceshaped, 4-14 x about 2 mm, tip blunt or somewhat pointed. Petals are ovate or elliptic, 1-2 x 1-1.5 mm, thinly textured, tip nearly blunt; lip slightly recurved, strap-shaped, fleshy. Fragrant Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Eastern Himalaya, from Nepal to NE India, S. China, at altitudes of 200-2400 m.

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

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