Whorled Oberonia
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Whorled Oberonia
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Whorled Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia verticillata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Iridorchis verticillata, Malaxis verticillata, Iridorkis verticillata

Whorled Oberonia is a miniature sized, warm to cool growing orchid, growing on trees, with a short stem enveloped completely by overlapping leaf sheath bases. Leaves are up to 15 x 1.2 cm, oblong-sword-like, pointed. Flowering stem is round, carrying flower-spike up to 27 cm long. Flowers are orange-yellow, 4.5 x 2 mm, in verticils; dorsal sepal oblong-ovate, blunt; lateral sepals obliquely ovate, pointed; petals oblong or ovate, blunt; lip 3-lobed; lateral lobes rounded, eard; midlobe 2-lobuled; lobules round or obovate, sawtoothed, overlapping each other, sinus narrow; disc indistinct. Whorled Oberonia is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering & Fruiting: September-December.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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