Tailed Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Tailed Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Pema G. Bhutia
Common name: Tailed Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum caudatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Phyllorkis caudata

Tailed Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a mini-miniature sized, mat-forming, cool to warm growing orchid growing on trees, with a long woody rhizome with 2.8 to 7 cm between each ovoid, slightly angular, compressed, grooved pseudobulb. The plant carries a single, apical, leathery, elliptic, pointed, stalked base leaf. The plant blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short, basal inflorescence with a few basal, lanceshaped, pointed sheaths and lanceshaped floral bracts all carrying an apical umbel of a few flowers. Flowers are white, dorsal sepal ovate-oblong, about 5 x 2.5 mm, tip tapering; lateral sepals free, parallel to each other or slightly divergent, lanceshaped, 2.5-3.5 cm, tip long with a tail. Petals are obovate-oblong, short, tip blunt; lip oblong, about as long as petals, clawed at base, basal margins erect, distal margins decurved. Column is stout, with nearly nearly round wings; stelidia slender; anther cap papillate. Tailed Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in China, NE India, Nepal and Sikkim, at altitudes of 500-2000 m.

Identification credit: Pema G. Bhutia Photographed in Sikkim.

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