Toothed-Lip Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Toothed-Lip Bulb-Leaf Orchid
P Native Photo: Chon C.
Common name: Toothed-Lip Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum pectinatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Bulbophyllum spectabile, Bulbophyllum transarisanense

Toothed-Lip Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a mini-miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic, leaf which is stalked below. The plant blooms in the later spring and summer on a stout, 6 cm long, single flowered inflorescence that arises at the base of a newly developed pseudobulb and holds the flower at leaf height. Flowers are inverted, pale greenish with fine reddish purple spots along the veins often. Lip is white to pale green, finely spotted with reddish purple or stained, 1-1.6 x 0.7-1.8 cm, with margins comb-like lacerated. Ovary and flower-stalk is 3.2-6 cm. Dorsal sepal is ovate, 1.3-2.3 x 0.5-1.3 cm, hairless, tip pointed to blunt. Lateral sepals are ovate-triangular to elliptic, pointed, 1.5-2.6 x 1.1-1.4 cm. Petals are elliptic to ovate-triangular, spreading, rather thin, hairless, 1-1.9 x 0.5-1.1 cm. Toothed-Lip Bulb-Leaf Orchid is found in NE India to China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 1000-2500 m. Flowering: March-July.

Identification credit: Chon C. Photographed in cultivation in Ukhrul, Manipur.

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