Oberonia variabilis Kerr 1927 SUBGENUS Menophyllum

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Marni Turkel

Inflorescence Photo by Karel & Alex Petrzelka and the Vietnam Orchid Website

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

Full Shade Winter EARLIERSpring

Common Name The Variable Oberonia - In China Mi Bao Yuan Wei Lan

Flower Size .1" [1.6mm]

Found in Hainan China, Thailand and Vietnam on trees as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with a very short to inconspicuous stem carrying 3 to 5, subbasal, distichous-equitant, laterally compressed, linear, straight to slightly falcate, base not articualte, acuminate to acute apically leaves that blooms in the winter through earlier spring on a subterete, 2.5 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, wingless, many flowered inflroescence with many whorled, lanceolate, aristate sterile bracts and narrowly lanceolate, long acuminate apically floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;