Yellow-Spike Oberonia
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Yellow-Spike Oberonia
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Yellow-Spike Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia prainiana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Oberonia brunnescens

Yellow-Spike Oberonia is a small epiphytic orchid with a short, pendant stem. The species name is in honor of Sir David Prain, English Botanist in India in 1800's. Leaves are non-jointed, oblong-ovate, pointed, compressed. Flowers are borne in a verticilliate, cylindrical, 11 cm long, many-flowered inflorescence. Floral bracts are oblong-lanceshaped, long-pointed, subentire to irregularly toothed, sparsely gland-dotted. Yellow-Spike Oberonia is known to be found in the Eastern Himalayas, Assam, Thailand, Malaysia and Java at elevations of 500-1500 m. The specimen here was found in Uttaranchal.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Gori Valley, Uttarakhand.

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