Pointed-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid
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Pointed-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Pointed-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid
Botanical name: Gastrochilus acutifolius    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Saccolabium acutifolium, Gastrochilus dentatus, Saccolabium dentatum

Pointed-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid is a small to medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid with elongate, slender stems enveloped basally by leaf bases and carrying distichous, linear-oblong, pointed or tapering, leathery leaves. The plant blooms in the fall with a densly several flowered, 5 cm long, corymb-like inflorescence that has fragrant flowers. Flowers are 2 cm across, yellowish with prominent red markings. Lip is white with red spots, and a fringed margin. Pointed-Leaf Belly-Lip Orchid is found in Himalaya to China, at altitudes of 700 to 900 m.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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