Rough Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Rough Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Rough Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum scabratum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Bulbophyllum confertum, Bulbophyllum lockii, Bulbophyllum psychoon

Rough Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with crowded small, conical pseudobulbs, grooved with age, carrying a single apical 15 cm long leaf that blooms in the spring on a basal, erect, 7 cm long inflorescence with an umbell of 3-6 flowers. Flowers are 0.6-1.2 cm long, uniformly pale yellow ochre; flower-stalk and ovary slender, hairless, 5-7 mm long. Dorsal sepal is free, ovate, tapering, concave, hooded, 3 veined, minutely rough, 3-5 x 1.5-2mm; lateral sepals linear lanceshaped, bluntly tapering with a tail, connivent at base, 3 veined,minutely rough, 11-12 x 0.25-0.5mm (1.5-2mm at base). Petals are broadly ovate, pointed, margins toothed, 3 veined, 2-3 x 1-2 mm. Lip is simple, fleshy, oblong, almost pointed, margins entire, 1.5-1.6 x 0.4-0.5 mm. Rough Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Nepal to East Himalaya, S. China and Indo-China.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Nechiphu, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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