Small-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Small-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Small-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum guttulatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum guttulatum, Phyllorkis guttulata

Small-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a small sized, warm to cold growing orchid growing on trees with 1-2 cm between each ovoid, erect, green pseudobulb. The plant carries a single, apical, inverted-lanceshaped, blunt leaf which is minutely retuse apically, gradually narrowing below into the channeled stalked base. The plant blooms on a slender, basal, lateral, 15-20 cm long, purple umbellate inflorescence with a few flowers held just above the leaves. Flowers are yellow, spotted with red. Dorsal sepal broadly ovate, concave, 8-10 x 6-7 mm, tip nearly flat and mucronulate; lateral sepals obliquely ovate-lanceshaped, 10-11 x about 6 mm, narrowed and twisted near base. Petals are broadly ovate-triangular, about 4.5 x 4 mm, base about 1/3 width adnate to column foot, margin entire, tip with a short sharp point; lip recurved, nearly ovate in outline, about 5 x 3.4 mm, above with 3 longitudinal keels, base dilated and attached to end of column foot, immobile, tip notched. Small-Spotted Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in China, Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar and Vietnam, at elevations of 800-2600 m. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Nimal Kumar, Vineeth Kumar Photographed in an orchid collection in Nilgiris.

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