Rose-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Rose-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Rose-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum roseopictum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Bulbophyllum bicolor, Ione bicolor, Dipodium khasyanum, Sunipia bicolor

Rose-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a miniature sized tree-dwelling and sometimes rock-dwelling orchid. The orchid has a branching rhizome with 1.5-3.2 cm between each inverted-pear-shaped to flask-shaped, apically narrowing, broad based pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, linear-oblong, obliquely notched leaf which is strongly keeled beneath, gradually narrowing below into the stalked base. The plant blooms in the summer and fall on a basal, erect, 5 cm long, thin, 1-8 flowered inflorescence with tubular, nearly pointed basal sheaths and lanceshaped, pointed floral bracts. The flowers, looking downwards, face in all directions and are held at leaf length. Flowers are thinly textured; sepals and petals whitish with purplish red stripes; lip purple-red. Dorsal sepal ovate-lanceshaped, 8-10 x about 2.5 mm, 3-veined, lateral sepals similar to dorsal sepal. Petals are ovate or ovate-oblong, about 3 x 2 mm, 1-veined, tip blunt-rounded; lip guitar-shaped, about 6 x 3.5 mm. Rose-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Nepal to NE India, China and N. Indo-China. Flowering: July-November.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tale Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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