Pear-Bearing Oberonia
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Pear-Bearing Oberonia
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Pear-Bearing Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia pyrulifera    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Iridorkis pyrulifera, Malaxis pyrulifera, Malaxis verticillata var. khasiana

Pear-Bearing Oberonia is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a very short stem carrying sword-shaped, semi-sickle shaped, pointed leaves. The plant blooms in the fall on an in leaf-axils, slender, round, bracteate, longer than the leaves, decurved, 5.5-11 cm long, many flowered inflorescence with as long as the ovary, ovate, tapering floral bracts and carrying scattered, pale or orange yellow flowers. Flowers are ornage yellow, flower-stalk and ovary about 2 mm. Dorsal sepal is ovate-oblong, 0.8-1 x 0.5-0.6 mm, tip blunt; lateral sepals broadly ovate, 0.8-1 x 0.6-0.7 mm. Petals are nearly oblong, 0.8-1 x 0.3-0.4 mm. Lip is obovate or obovate-oblong in outline, 1.3-1.8 x about 1 mm, deeply 2-lobed, base with blunt or inprominent ears on either side; lobules broadly lanceshaped, about 0.6 x 0.3 mm, tip blunt. Fruit is pear-shaped, 2.5-3 x 1-1.5 mm. Pear-Bearing Oberonia is found in Bhutan, NE India, Thailand, China, at altitudes of 1700-2800 m. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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