Shoe-Lip Dendrobium
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Shoe-Lip Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Shoe-Lip Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium crepidatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista crepidata, Dendrobium lawianum, Callista lawiana

Shoe-Lip Dendrobium is a small to medium sized, cool to warm growing orchid growing on tree trunks. Flowers are borne on short flower-cluster-stalks from the nodes of leafless stems, 2 cm across, often solitary but also seen with two or three together, fleshy, sepals and petals white with pale pink margins, sepals three and petals one veined. Lip white with a large, prominent pale yellow spot of its middle portion. Sepals and petals broadly oblong. Lip is obovate, broad, almost round, with wavy edges. The plant has nearly erect to hanging, round, striped, many-noded stems, up to 45 cm long, each covered with a papery sheath, and carrying 5 to 9, oblong to narrowly lanceshaped, pointed leaves. Shoe-Lip Dendrobium is found in Hainan China, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Sikkim, western Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, at elevations of 600-2100 m.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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