Pandurate Dendrobium
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Pandurate Dendrobium
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Pandurate Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium panduratum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista pandurata, Dendrobium panduratum subsp. panduratum

Pandurate Dendrobium is a miniature sized, cool growing orchid found growing on trees and rocks. Stem is flattened, compressed, 2.5 x 0.5 cm, sheathed with scales. Leaves are up to 40 x 6 mm, linear-lanceshaped, pointed. Flowers are white with pinkish tinge, 4-5, in about 3 cm long at branch-ends, flexuous raceme. Bracts are 2.5 x 2 mm, ovate, tapering, 3-veined, dorsal sepal 5.8 x 2.1 mm, oblong-lanceshaped, apiculate, 5-veined; lateral sepals 8.5 x 3 mm, subsickle shapedly ovate-lanceshaped, subtapering, 5-veined. Petals are 6 x 1-2 mm, inverted-lanceshaped, apiculate, 3-veined; lip, 5 x 7 mm, pandurate, round to obheart-shaped, rounded toothed, margins thick, disc channelled, ending in a pink fleshy callus. Pandurate Dendrobium is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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