Oberonia clarkei Hook.f. 1888 SUBGENUS Menophylla

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

Part Shade Cool Fall

Common Name Clarke's Oberonia [English Botanist and Orchid Collector in India 1800's]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Assam in the Khassia Hills at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a very short stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying 3 to 5, linear-ensiform, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the fall on adnate to the uppermost leaf, terminal, erect, filiform, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence carrying flowers held in whorls.

Synonyms Iridorkis clarkei (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing fide; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and culture Pradhan Vol 2 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002;