Mysore Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Mysore Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Mysore Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum mysorense    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum mysorense

Mysore Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing orchid, found growing on trees, with a stout rhizome with 2-3 cm between each ovoid pseudobulb. Pseudobulb are 2 x 1.5 cm. Leaves are solitary, 6-7.5 x 1-1.5 cm, linear-oblong, base nearly pointed; leaf-stalk 1 cm long, blunt, notched at tip. Flowers are 3-4, white, borne in about 5 cm long umbel from the base of pseudobulb. Bracts are 4 x 1 mm, lanceshaped, tapering, 1-veined; dorsal sepal 14 x 3.5 mm, lanceshaped, tapering, 5-veined; lateral sepals 16 x 3 mm, lanceshaped, long-tapering, 5-veined; petals 4.8 x 3.6 mm, elliptic, linear-lanceshaped, pointed, 3-veined; lip 3 x 1 mm, oblong, pointed, curved. Mysore Bulb-Leaf Orchid is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Ravee Bhat, Anurag Sharma Photographed at Chikamagalur, Karnataka.

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