Sunipia Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Sunipia Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Chon C.
Common name: Sunipia Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum sunipia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Sunipia scariosa, Ione scariosa, Ione siamensis

Sunipia Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a small to medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid with 2-2.5 cm between each ovoid to obliquely ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, oblong to linear-oblong, blunt, notched to obliquely notched, basally narrowing, strongly keeled below leaf. The plant blooms in the spring and early summer on a slender, hairless, red brown, longer than the leaf, 12-36 cm long, laxly 12 to many flowered inflorecence with a slightly zigzag axis, prominent, scarious at flowering, ovate, floral bracts. Flowers are small, enclosed in floral bracts, pale yellow. Dorsal sepal ovate, concave, about 4.5 x 3 mm, tip pointed; lateral sepals obliquely ovate, V-shaped-conduplicate, about 6.5 x 2.5 mm, their lower edges fused to each other, tip pointed. Petals are obliquely ovate, about 3 x 2.2 mm. Lip is strap-shaped, about 4.5 x 2 mm, fleshy. Sunipia Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Nepal to NE India, Myanmar, N Thailand, N Vietnam, China, at altitudes of 800-2500 m. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering, Puranjit Saikia Photographed in Ukhrul, Manipur & Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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