Oberonia wightiana Lindl. 1839 Photos by Mulder & Mulder-Roelfsema

Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Cool Winter Spring

Common Name Wight's Oberonia [English director of India Botanical Garden 1800's]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in India and Sri Lanka as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with 3 to 5, ensiform, often subfalcate, acute-acuminate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early sprring on an erect, terminal, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, somewhat curved, laxly manyt flowered inflorescence with oblong to lanceolate, erose floral bracts and carrying pale yellowish green flowers.

Synonyms Iridorkis wightiana (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis wightiana (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia arnottiana Wight 1851; Oberonia stachyoides A.Rich. 1841; Oberonia wightiana var. arnottiana (Wight) R.Ansari, N.C.Nair & V.J.Nair 1982; Oberonia wightiana var. nilgirensis R.Ansari, N.C.Nair & V.J.Nair 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing good; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 as O arnottiana drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 as O cf wightiana drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;