Red-Spike Oberonia
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Red-Spike Oberonia
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Red-Spike Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia brunoniana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Iridorchis brunoniana, Iridorkis brunoniana, Malaxis brunoniana

Red-Spike Oberonia is an erect or drooping orchid found living on trees. It is named for Robert Brown, 19th century Scottish botanist. This species usually flowers in the months from December/January. Leaves are fleshy, fleshy and brown in color. Purplish brown colored leaves have also been recorded. Green leaves are not common in this species. Flowers are dense on a erect or drooping inflorescence. Flowers are usually brown or reddish-brown in color and tiny. Typical size of a flower is about 2 mm or less. Lip is 3-lobed. Brown coloration of the leaves being the key characteristic of the plant, and an identifying feature for the mature plant. Red-Spike Oberonia is found in Western Ghats, NE India and Bangladesh. Flowering: December-January.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Anamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu.

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