Leopard Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Leopard Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Leopard Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum leopardinum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium leopardinum, Phyllorkis leopardina, Sarcopodium leopardinum

Leopard Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a small sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with close set, ovoid, decurved, slightly rugose pseudobulbs carrying a single, ellipic, pointed leaf narrowed into the stalked base. The plant blooms in the fall on a basal, 6.25 cm long, 1-3 flowered inflorescence. Flowers are upside down, moderately opening, creamy yellow to pale green, often partly spotted or suffused with red or purple, sometimes with a yellow halo around numerous red or purple spots, lip yellow, above strongly suffused with red. Flower-stalk and ovary are 2.8-5.0 cm. Dorsal sepal is recurved, elliptic to ovate-triangular, 14-20 x 6.5-13.5 mm, rather thick; lateral sepals free, recurved, ovate to triangular, 15-23 x 10-15 mm. Petals are recurved, elliptic to ovate, 10-14 x 5-9 mm, rather thick; lip recurved, ovate, 9.5-14 x 6-9 mm, thick. Leopard Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Himalaya to China and Indo-China, and also Western Ghats, at altitudes of 1300-3100 m.

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

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