Yellow Pine Orchid
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Yellow Pine Orchid
P Introduced Photo: Kalyan Brata Santra
Common name: Yellow Pine Orchid
Botanical name: Gastrochilus japonicus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Saccolabium japonicum, Gastrochilus taiwanianus

Yellow Pine Orchid is a miniature tree-dwelling orchid, which reaches up to 8 cm tall, with a short, 3-8 cm long stem enveloped by overlapping leaf bases and carrying fleshy, linear-oblong, somewhat curved, pointed, unequally bilobed at tip, 5-10 cm long and 1.0-1.5 cm wide leaves. The plant blooms in the fall on in leaf-axils, hanging, shorter than the leaves, densely 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence. The flowers are up to 2 cm in across. Petals of both whorls are light yellow or yellowish-green and have pinkish-purple spots and dots on the inside. The bag of lip is white with yellow streaks, and at the base yellow with red dots. The lip is greenish with a yellow middle part and red dots. Yellow Pine Orchid is native to Hong Kong to Temp. E. Asia, cultivated in NE India.

Identification credit: Kalyan Brata Santra Photographed in Kaziranga Orchid Garden, Assam.

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