Narrow-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid
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Narrow-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid
Botanical name: Gastrochilus linearifolius    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Narrow-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid is a small to just medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a hanging, branching, slender, stem carrying distichous, well spaced, linear, sickle shaped, 3 needle-like apical points, tapering, leaves. The plant blooms in the later summer on a slender, flower-cluster-stalk 1-1.5 cm long, almost umbel-like, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate pointed floral bracts and carrying small, widely opening flowers. Flowers are small, widely opening. Dorsal sepal is nearly ovate, about 5 x 2.5 mm, tip blunt; lateral sepals similar to dorsal sepal, slightly narrower. Petals are oblong, smaller than sepals, tip blunt. Lip has an epichile and a saccate hypochile; epichile nearly round, about 2.2 x 4 mm, above finely papillate on central cushion, margin irregularly fringed. Narrow-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid is found in E. Himalaya to SE. Tibet, at altitudes of 1600 m. Flowering: September.

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

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