Three-Toothed Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Three-Toothed Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Three-Toothed Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum tridentatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Three-Toothed Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid with conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceshaped leaf that is conduplicate. The plant blooms in the winter on a 6 cm long, pendant, many flowered inflorescence. Flowers are borne in a head-like spike and are reddish in color. The chief-character of this plant consists in the three-pointed petals, a peculiarity not observed in any other species of the group. The lip in its shape does not differ very much from that of the allied species, but here the side-lobes are reduced to a thin transparent border whilst the middle-lobe consists of the strong fleshy body so common in Bolbophyllums. Three-Toothed Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in Arunachal Pradesh to Thailand.

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

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