Malabar Oberonia
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Malabar Oberonia
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Malabar Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia chandrasekharanii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Oberonia rangannana

Malabar Oberonia a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool, drooping orchid, without a stem, living on trees. Leaves are jointed, up to 15 x 2 cm, sword-shaped, pointed. Flowering stem is flattened. Flower-spike is up to 25 cm long, drooping. Flowers are greenish-yellow, 2 x 1 mm, in verticils; bracts 2 x 1.3 mm, ovate, pointed, finely toothed, gland-dotted; dorsal sepals ovate-blunt; lateral sepals ovate, pointed; petals linear, flat and finely toothed at tip; lip 1.5 x 2 mm, semi-round in outline, 3-lobed, papillose, gland dotted; lateral lobes auriculiform, folded upwards, rounded the column by the proximal end; midlobe 2-lobuled with a broad sinus; lobules round; disc ovate, concave, sac like. Malabar Oberonia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Chikmagloor, Karnataka.

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