Green-Spike Oberonia
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Green-Spike Oberonia
P Native Photo: M. Sulaiman
Common name: Green-Spike Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia proudlockii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Oberonia sedgwickii

Green-Spike Oberonia is a mini-miniature sized orchid up to 6 cm tall, growing on trees, with erect to pendulous short stems enveloped completely by overlappinh leaf sheath bases. It is named for Robert Proudlock (1862-1948) a botanist and plant collector. Leaves are 3-6, attriculate at base, laterally compressed, about 2.5 x 0.7 cm. Flowering stem is round, shorter than leaves, about 1.0 mm long. Inflorescence is a raceme, longer than leaves, definite sterile tip at tip, about 4.5 cm long. Flowers are few to many, pale orange in color, stalked, about 0.5 mm long. Bract longer than ovary. Sepals are nearly similar, small, entire, deflexed, gland dotted; dorsal sepal ovate, pointed; lateral sepal obliquely ovate, tapering at tip. Petals are erect, linear, pointed, sub-entre. Lip is antrorse, not lobed, sub-round with two minute rounded or triangular protuberances, irregularly finely toothed along the margin; disc sac-like. Green-Spike Oberonia is found in Peninsular and NE India. Flowering: January-February.

Identification credit: M. Sulaiman Photographed in Gudalur, Tamil Nadu.

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