Oberonia anthropophora Lindl. 1830 SUBGENUS Menophyllum Photo by The Societe Francaise d'Orchidophilie Section Nord Website


Plant and Flowers Photo by Milan Vagner

Common Name The Mannikin Carrying Oberonia [refers to the lips looking like a little man] - In China Chang Lie Yuan Wei Lan

Flower Size .1" [.2 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Hainan China and Vietnam in valleys on trees at elevations around 400 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by leaf bearing sheaths carrying 5, unequal, uncurved leaves that blooms in the fall on a 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

Notice the tiny man like figures made by the lip in the photo.

CAUTION!!! The first photo by SFO is absolutely correct, the second and third photos by Vagner do not conform because of the long filament arising from the flower and the short, fatter leaves of the plant so use those with caution

Synonyms Iridorchis anthropophora (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis anthropophora (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide to the first photo only;Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 photo ok; Orchids of Arunchal Pradesh Hegde 1984; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; The Orchids of Bhutan Cribb & Pearce 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing good; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok; Wild Orchids of Thailand Vol 2 Vadhanaphuti 2012 photo fide