Furrowed-Lip Dendrobium
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Furrowed-Lip Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Furrowed-Lip Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium sulcatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista sulcata, Dendrobium meghalayense

Furrowed-Lip Dendrobium is a small to medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid that has flattened, 25 cm long, club-shaped pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, ovate leaves. The plant blooms in the late spring on a short, drooping inflorescence produced below the apical leaf and is not much longer with very short lived, fringed flowers. Flowers are thin, uniformly golden yellow, lip with red-purple markings or stripes at base. Dorsal sepal oblong, about 25 x 9 mm, 5- or 6-veined, tip somewhat pointed; lateral sepals nearly equal to dorsal sepal. Petals are nearly obovate, about 24 x 11 mm, 5-veined, base contracted into a short claw, margin entire, tip pointed. Lip is nearly round to wedge-shaped, incurved, 1.8-2 x about 2 cm, upper surface densely velvet-hairy near margin, base shortly clawed, margin minutely erose to fringed with hairs-hairy, tip notched. Furrowed-Lip Dendrobium is found in NE India, N Laos, Myanmar, N Thailand, China, at altitudes of 700-800 m.

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

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