Red-Tail Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Red-Tail Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Chon C.
Common name: Red-Tail Bulb-Leaf Orchid, Rothschild's Bulbophylum
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum rothschildianum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum rothschildianum, Mastigion rothschildianum

Red-Tail Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, oblong leaf. The plant blooms on a basal, erect, few flowered, umbel-like inflorescence that has fragrant, peachy to fruity scented flowers. Flowers are large, purplish red. Dorsal sepal ovate, boat-shaped, about 15 x 7 mm, margins fringed, tip with a tail; fringes narrowly oblong, to 7 mm, easily falling away. Lateral sepals are lanceshaped, 15-19 cm, twisted near base, their upper edges fused forming a synsepal about 2 cm wide, tip long with a tail. Petals are ovate-triangular, about 10 x 4 mm, abruptly contracted above middle and with a tail, margins fringed. Lip is strap-shaped-elliptic, about 1 cm, fleshy. Red-Tail Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in NE India to S. Yunnan and N. Myanmar, at altitudes of 1500-1600 m.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Ukhrul, Manipur.

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