Oberonia dolabrata Jayaw. 1963 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg

Part Shade Cool Winter Spring

Common Name The Axe-Shaped Oberonia [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .052" [1.3 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a compressed, son-pseduobulbous stem carrying 3, fleshy, distichous, equitant, laterrally compressed, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect to suberect, peduncle very short, enveloped by sterile bracts to the base, adnate to the uppermost leaf, racemose, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, acute floral bracts and carring reddish brown flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide;