Handsome Flowered Dendrobium
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Handsome Flowered Dendrobium
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Handsome Flowered Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium formosum    Family: Orchidaceae (orchid family)

Handsome Flowered Dendrobium is a tree-dwelling orchid up to 25-45 cm long, leafy on the upper part, stem is 1.2-1.7 cm thick, slightly constricted at nodes, sheaths velvet-hairy. Leaves are bifarious, almost stem-clasping, stalkless, oblong-lanceshaped, unequally pointedly bifid at the tip. Inflorescence arises about at branch-ends; flower-cluster-stalk 0.8-1 cm long; axis 2.0-2.5 cm long, with 3-4 flowers. Flowers are large, white 8-10 cm across; tepals spreading, fleshy. Sepals are nearly equal, oblong-lanceshaped, tapering, keeled along mid-vein; laterals oblique at the base. Petals are much larger than the sepals, narrowly and obliquely obovate. Lip inverted-wedge-shaped to broadly obovate, with a short sharp point, base erect leaning over the column foot, margin wavy; disc with a large narrowly palmate bright yellow patch with two median tubercled ridges

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Jharkhand.

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