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

Drawing Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Warm Cool Fall

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

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in India and Sri Lanka in submontane to tropical wet evergreen forests at elevvations of 550 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 3 to 5, ensiform, often subfalcate, acute-acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, somewhat curved, laxly many flowered inflorescence with oblong to lanceolate, erose floral bracts and carrying pale yellowish green flowers.

Lindley had 5 collections on the same sheet at Kew, the first drawing is the holotype and is based on Lindley 181, Seidenfaden's drawing uses 2 other collections to make his drawing.

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; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; 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;

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