Oberonia drepanophylla Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Menophyllum SECTION Platyacron

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Another Plant Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Photo by Peter O'Byrne Copyright © 1998, 1999 All rights reserved

Common Name The Sickle-Like Leaf Oberonia

Flower Size 1/16" [3 mm]

Found as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte from Papua and New Guinea on branches of trees along river, creeks and stream where it forms large mat colonies that can strech for 20 feet[6.5 meters] on humus-covered branches at elevations of sea-level to 720 meters in elevation with a pendant stem carrying several, curved leaves held in a fan-shape that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, pendant to arching, 2 1/2 to 6" [6-15 cm] long, racemose, densely many flowered inflorescence that is best mounted to accomodate the pendant inflorescence. The flowers are held in whorls of small flowers that are well spaced on the inflorescence and occur in the spring

This species can produce keikis on damaged stems that can be removed and easily cultivated.

Schlechter states that the flowers are olive green with a brown spot at the base.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911/85 drawing fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Flora Malesiana; Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Schuitman, deVogel 2006