Knife-Like Podochilus
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Knife-Like Podochilus
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Knife-Like Podochilus
Botanical name: Podochilus cultratus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Knife-Like Podochilus is a miniature sized, hot, pendant growing tree-dwelling orchid with a hairless stem enveloped completely by overlapping, equitant, lanceshaped, sickle shaped, pointed, many veined leaves. The plant blooms in the spring on a at branch-ends or at the nodes, slender, 1.25 cm long, 2-4 flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate-lanceshaped, pointed to tapering, cuspidate, floral bracts. Flowers are about 5 mm across, white flushed with pink; flower-stalk and ovary stalkless, hairless, 1-1.5mm long. Sepals are ovate, pointed, 2-4.5 x 1-1.5 mm. Petals are rhombic to obovate, blunt to somewhat pointed, 1.5-3.5 mm long. Lip is simple, oblong, 2-lobulate at tip, lobules rounded, deflexed, attached to base of the column foot, 1.5-3mm long;disc smooth. Knife-Like Podochilus is found in Nepal to East Himalaya to Indo-China.

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

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