Sessa Dendrobium
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Sessa Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Sessa Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium sessanicum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Sessa Dendrobium is a tree-dwelling orchid endemic to Arunachal Pradesh. Stem is 3.2 cm x 3 mm, slanting, tapering towards the tip. Leaves are 4.5 cm x 7 mm, alternate, linear, tapering, bilobed at tip. Inflorescence is a raceme 1.3 cm long, shorter than leaves, 3-4 flowered. Floral bracts are 2-3 mm long and tapering. Flowers are 4-5 mm across, greenish. Sepals are linear, finely tapering, 8 x 3 mm, broader at the base. Petal are 7 x 3 mm, shorter than sepals. Mentum small blunt. Lip is 4 x 3 mm margin lanceshaped, superior, crimson veined hypochile. Column is small, adnate on the dorsal sepal, inferior, 4 mm long. Ovary 6 mm; Rostellum small; Pollinia 4. Sessa Dendrobium is sor far only known from the Sessa orchid sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh. Flowering: July.

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

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