Terminal Dendrobium
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Terminal Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Terminal Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium terminale    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Aporum terminale, Callista terminalis, Dendrobium verlaquii

Terminal Dendrobium is a miniature to small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with short stems enveloped by leaf sheaths carrying many, triangular, fleshy and deciduous leaves that are held in two ranks. The plant blooms in the late winter, occasionally spring and often in the summer on a short, single to 5 flowered inflorescence arising near the tip on leafed pseudodbulbs. Flowers are small, pale yellowish white. Dorsal sepal is ovate-oblong, 3-4 x about 1.4 mm, 3-veined, subpointed; lateral sepals obliquely ovate-triangular, about 4 mm, 3- or 4-veined, base very oblique, margin close to column, tip pointed; mentum narrowly long, about 7 mm. Petals are oblong, about 10 x 15 mm, 1-veined. Lip is adnate to tip of column foot, somewhat spoon-shaped, about 10 x 7 mm. Terminal Dendrobium is found in NE India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, at altitudes of 800-1100 m.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tippi, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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