Two-Eyed Dendrobium
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Two-Eyed Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Two-Eyed Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium gibsonii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium binoculare, Dendrobium fuscatum, Callista gibsonii

Two-Eyed Dendrobium is a large sized orchid growing on trees or on mossy limestone cliffs with centrally swollen, drooping, ribbed stems, tapering towards the tip, carrying 6 to 10, ovate to lanceshaped, pointed, deciduous leaves. The plant blooms in the spring and summer on a slightly fractiflex, nodding to drooping, 15-20 cm long, loosely 6 to 15 flowered inflorescence arising on older leafless canes. Flowers are spreading, orange, disk with a rounded chestnut or deep purple blotch on each side, anther cap pale yellow. Dorsal sepal elliptic, 14-16 x 10-11 (or more) mm, 7-veined, lateral sepals oblong, 14-16 x 9-10 (or more) mm, 7-veined, tip blunt. Petals are nearly elliptic, 14-16 x 8-9 (or more) mm, 5-veined, margin entire, tip blunt; lip somewhat kidney-shaped, about 15 x 17 mm, above densely finely papillate, base clawed, margin shortly fringed, tip notched. Two-Eyed Dendrobium is found from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar, N Thailand, Vietnam, China, at altitudes of 800-1000 m.

Identification credit: Tabish, Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Meghalaya.

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