Rock-Dwelling Pleione
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Rock-Dwelling Pleione
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Rock-Dwelling Pleione
Botanical name: Pleione saxicola    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Rock-Dwelling Pleione is a small sized, rock-dwelling orchid with top-shaped to ovoid pseudobulbs with a persisitent, short, apical annulus carrying 1-2, almost oblong, lanceshaped or inverted-lanceshaped, pointed to blunt, elongate stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the fall on a single flowered inflorescence with warty basal bracts and an inverted-lanceshaped, pointed floral bract and carrying a flower that does not open well. Flower is solitary, large, up to 10 cm in diameter, rose-red with a white base and a yellow or white callus on lip. Sepals are fused in basal half and forming a tube; dorsal sepal inverted-lanceshaped, about 63 x 8 mm, tip pointed; lateral sepals slightly oblique, slightly wider at base than dorsal sepal, tip pointed. Petals are inverted-lanceshaped, slightly shorter and narrower than sepals, tip pointed. Lip is broadly elliptic, about 5.5 x 2.2-2.5 cm, base wedge-shaped and with a claw about 1.3 cm, distinctly 3-lobed above middle. Rock-Dwelling Pleione is found in E. Bhutan to NE India, China, at altitudes of 2400-2500 m. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh.

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