Spiked Pinalia
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Spiked Pinalia
P Native Photo: Pema G. Bhutia
Common name: Spiked Pinalia
Botanical name: Pinalia spicata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria spicata, Pinalia alba, Eria convallarioides

Spiked Pinalia is a miniature to small sized orchid growing on trees or rocks with crowded, round, narrow, elliptic-oblong to conical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 1-2 sheaths and carrying 4, elliptic-oblong,obliquely bifid, stalkless to shortly stalked leaves. The plant blooms in the spring and summer on a hairless, lateral, nearly-erect, slender, 12-18 cm long, laxly 5-20 flowered inflorescence with ovate-elliptic to oblong, blunt, reflexed, floral bracts carrying hairless to sparsely hairy, nearly spherical, fragrant flowers. Flowers are white, lip tip yellow; flower-stalk and ovary 2-4 mm. Dorsal sepal is elliptic, about 6 x 2.5 mm, blunt-rounded; lateral sepals ovate-triangular, oblique, about 6 x 3.5 mm, pointed. Petals are elliptic, about 5 x 2 mm, blunt-rounded; lip nearly rhombic in outline, about 5 x 5 mm, base narrowed into a claw, 3-lobed; lateral lobes perpendicular to mid-lobe, ovate-triangular; mid-lobe triangular, about 1 x 1.5 mm, thickened, tapering. Spiked Pinalia is found in NE India, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, N Vietnam, at altitudes of 800-2800 m. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Pema G. Bhutia Photographed in Sikkim.

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