Oberonia forcipifera Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Menophyllum SECTION Diurium/Adenorhachis

I await confirmation on this and the next photo Type Drawing by Schlechter /Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

I await confirmation on this photo Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Photos by Peter O'Byrne Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved.

Common Name The Plier-Like Oberonia

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Papua New Guinea on overhanging trees along creeks in forests at elevations of 250 to 400 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a pendant stem carrying 6 to 10, unjointed, distichous, pendant, erect, falcate, lanceolate-ligulate, strongly compressed, conduplicate, thin but leathery, acute leaves with the largest being towards the stem apex, that is best mounted to accomodate the single, pendant, terminal, 2 to 4.4" [5 to 11 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence carrying whorls of resupinate flowers

Schlechter states that the flowers are brownish green and the lip is darker.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911/85 drawing fide to the drawing hmm to both the photos; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1992 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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