Shiny-Leaf Dendrobium
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Shiny-Leaf Dendrobium
P Introduced Photo: Oishani Santra
Common name: Shiny-Leaf Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium laevifolium    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Maccraithea laevifolia, Dendrobium occultum, Pedilonum occultum

Shiny-Leaf Dendrobium is a mini-miniature size, tree-dwelling orchid that occurs on moss covered trees in New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz Islands and Vanuatu at elevations of 650-2400 m. It has club-shaped stems or tapering at both ends carrying 2, deciduous, linear leaves. The plant blooms in the summer on a very short, in leaf-axils, 1 to few flowered inflorescence that arise from the nodes at the tip of the leafless stems. Flowers are 2-4.5 cm across with variable color. The sepals and petals are purple or other shades of red, purple and pink. The lip usually has a lighter shade of the same color, but sometimes it can be orange in contrast.

Identification credit: Kalyan Brata Santra Photographed in Kaziranga Orchid Garden, Assam.

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