Orange Kerala Dendrobium
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Orange Kerala Dendrobium
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Orange Kerala Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium jerdonianum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista jerdoniana, Callista nutans, Dendrobium nutantiflorum

Orange Kerala Dendrobium is a rare epiphytic orchid from Kerala. Flowers are delicate, orange, in leaf opposed 3-4-flowered, short racemes. Petals are 14 x 2-3 mm, oblong-lanceshaped, pointed, 5-veined, lip 17 x 4.6 mm, obovate-lanceshaped, 3-lobed, lateral lobes oblong, rounded; midlobe ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, disc 4-lamellate. Flower-stalks are 1.3 cm long. Dorsal sepal is 15.5 x 2-3 mm, oblong-lanceshaped, pointed, 5-veined, lateral sepals 13 x 2-3, linear-lanceshaped, pointed, 5-veined. Stem 20-25 cm long, terete, tufted. Leaves 3.5-4 x 0.9-1 cm, sessile, ovate-lanceolate, obliquely lobed at the tip. Orange Kerala Dendrobium is found in Western Ghats and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Sakleshpur Taluk, Hassan, Karnataka.

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