Oberonia fornicata Jayaw. 1963 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade CoolFall

Common Name The Bent Oberonia [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in central Sri Lanka in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by imbricate leaf sheaths carrying a few, fleshy, distichous, equitant, laterally compressed, short, oblong-ensiform linear, acute, leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect then long-drooping, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, bracteate almost to the base, thickened, 5.6" [14 cm] long overall, rachis very slender many flowered inflorescence with ovate, obtuse, entire floral bracts and carrying greenish brown flowers with a pale coral lip in distant whorled fasciles.

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;