Oberonia forcipata Lindl. 1859 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Cool Fall

Common Name The Fork-Shaped Oberonia

Flower Size .056" [1.4 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 450 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by leaf sheaths carrying distichous, equitant, laterally compressed, ensiform to subfalcate, subacute leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, from the center of the plant, peduncle green, thickened, tapering outwards, to 2" [5 cm] long, 4" [10 cm] long overall, many flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute,erose to fimbriate floral bracts and carrying sessile, greenish yellow flowers.

Synonyms Iridorkis forcipata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis forcipata (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861

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