Oberonia japonica (Maxim.) Makino 1877

Plant and Flowers in situ Japan

Photos by Hisanori Takeuchi and his Orchids of the World Website


Common Name The Japan Oberonia - In China Xiao Ye Yuan Wei Lan

Flower Size [1 to 2 mm]

Found in southeastern China, Japan, Korea, Ryukyus and Taiwan on trees or rocks in forests at elevations around 960 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a short stem enveloped by distichous, imbricate, equitant , obliquely oblong-linear to lanceolate, acute, getting larger towards the apex of the stem that blooms on an apical, axillary, slender, erect to arcuate, 2 to 3" [26 to 52mm] tall, racemose, successive, subdensely many flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer and fall with linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms *Malaxis japonica Maxim. 1877; Oberonia formosana Hayata 1911; Oberonia japonica f. major Makino in ?; Oberonia makinoi Masam. 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 erroneous; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; Minature Orchids Northern 1980 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 photos ok; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;