Tremulous Bulb-Leaf Orchid
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Tremulous Bulb-Leaf Orchid
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Tremulous Bulb-Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Bulbophyllum tremulum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Phyllorchis tremula, Phyllorkis tremula

Tremulous Bulb-Leaf Orchid is a single-leaved, hot to cool growing orchid found on trees. Pseudobulbs are ovoid, 1 x 1 cm. Leaves are solitary, 5 x 1 cm, oblong, base pointed into 4 mm long leaf-stalk, blunt at tip. Flowers are 10-12, brown, in 12-15 cm long slender lax racemes. Bracts are 1.8 x 0.9 mm, ovate; sepals hairy inner and along margins; dorsal sepal 9.5 x 1.5 mm, subulates, 3-veined; lateral sepals 9.5 x 2-3 mm, ovate, subtapering, 3-veined. Petals are 2 x 0.9 mm, sickle-shaped-lanceshaped, pointed, 1-veined; lip 6.5 x 1.5 oblong, blunt, brownish, with acicular hairs, along the margins. Tremulous Bulb-Leaf Orchid is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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