I spotted this orchid in Kavadi Kere and research led me to the name Orchid Pholidota Imbricata. I collected two bulbs of this orchid from the aracanut/betel nut garden maintained by the temple. As I had seen the pictures of the bloom, I waited impatiently for the plant to bloom so that I could take pictures and write about it.
My joy knew no bounds when I found Vanda Testacea plants in full bloom in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The pale yellow flowers are very very cute. Added to the charm of the flowers is the light fragrance.
Vanda Testacea also known as Small Flowered Vanda is an epiphyte native to Himalayas and the Western Ghats in India and some regions of Myanmar and Thailand.
Orchid Bulbophyllum Fisheri grows in abundance in the Western Ghats. The pseudo bulbs of this plant are smooth and shiny. Single shiny leaf grows out of each pseudo bulb. I have seen the bloom only in books and photos on the Internet.
There are 1200 species of genus Bulbophyllinae. The flowers found in the Western Ghats are yellow and the petals are arranged like a Japanese fan.
There are 53 species of Oberonia Orchids. Out of this 24 species are found in Kerala and Karnataka. Oberonia is also found in Eastern Himalayas, Assam, Thailand, Malaysia, Uttaranchal, and Java. Oberonia are also known as Fairy Orchids.
Stem of Oberonia is shot and the roots are fibrous and attached to the moss and bark of the trees. Leaves of Oberonia looks like a human hand hung from a tree. The leaves are Green to reddish, thick, oblong-ovate, pointed and succulent.
The Dendrobium Ovatum orchid can be easily mistaken for Dendrobium Aqueum. The difference between the two is the Green center. Dendrobium Ovatum is also known as Green lipped dendrobium. The flowers are off white with a green center and bloom on a leafless stalk. I had a very small plant around 5 cm long and a single flower bloomed on this leafless stalk!
A mature plant can have flower racemes up to 15 cm long.
I saw a dense group of Orchid Polystachya Concreta growing on a thick branch of a tree that was covered with moss in Sirsi region.
Polystachya concreta is an epiphyte found in Western Ghats of India and belong to Orchidaceae family. Blooming period is from July to September.
Polystachya concreta has pseudo-bulbs hidden by leaves that are narrow and tapered. The flower spikes are 3 to 4 inches long. The flowers are tiny and green with a white lip. Flower size is around 3 to 4 mm. Bees pollinate the flowers and the seed capsule is brown around 6 to 12 mm.