Pigeon Orchid
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Pigeon Orchid
P Native Photo: Regy Yohannan
Common name: Pigeon Orchid
Botanical name: Dendrobium crumenatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium caninum, Dendrobium papilioniferum

Pigeon Orchid is an orchid growing on trees. It produces upright, sympodial, pseudobulbs that are swollen at the first 3 or 4 bottom nodes. The middle portion carries the leaves, which are about 7 cm long and 2 cm wide and are very leathery, ovate-oblong. Top portion of the pseudobulbs carry the flowers of about 2.5 cm and of pure white, with yellow markings on the lip. Pigeon Orchid flowers are fragrant, but the scent lasts only for one day. The specific name refers to the purse-shape spur of the flower. Pigeon Orchid is native to India, Indochina, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Christmas Island.

Identification credit: Regy Yohannan Photographed in Kerala.

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