Oberonia griffithiana Lindl. 1838

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

Part Shade HotCool Fall

Common Name Griffith's Oberonia

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Assam, Myanmar, Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands and Thailand in lower montane forests on densely mossy trees at elevations of 30 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with short, compressed stems enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying not articulate, alternate, distichous, fleshy, sessile, falcate, linear, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, longer than the leaves, peduncle compressed, slender, subcylindrical, 3.6 to 5.6" [9 to 14 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with as long to longer than the pedicel, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying the flowers in whorls.

Synonyms Iridorkis griffithiana (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis cimicina (Griff.) Rchb.f. 1861; Malaxis griffithiana (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia cimicina Griff. 1851; Oberonia khuongii Aver. & V.C.Nguyen 2019

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide;Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman etal 2001 as O aff griffithiana; Orchidaceae, A New Recoed for Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India 2014 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Taiwania 64(2): 176-188 New Orchids (Orchidaceae) in the Flora of Vietnam I. Epidendroideae K.S. Nguyen and L. Averyanov 2019 as O khuongii photo fide