Khasi Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Khasi Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Khasi Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum khasyanum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Bulbophyllum gibsonii, Bulbophyllum cylindraceum var. khasyanum

Khasi Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a small to medium sized orchid, cold growing on trees and rocks, with a creeping rhizome. The plant produces an attenuate pseudobulb carrying a single, leathery, erect, oblong-lanceolate blunt, single veined leaf, which is gradually narrowing below into the channeled above, terete below, stalked. The plant blooms in the fall and early winter on a basal, erect, slender, nearly cylindric, densely many flowered inflorescence, 15-31 cm long, with distant lanceshaped adpressed sheaths and variable, ovate-lanceshaped, pointed to tapering, concave floral bracts and carrying overlapping flowers. Flowers are dark purple, lip even darker. Dorsal sepal ovate, about 5 × 2 mm; lateral sepals obliquely ovate, ca. 5 × 3 mm. Khasi Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in East Himalayas, Bhutan, NE India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China, at altitudes of 1650-2330 m. Flowering: November.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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