Oberonia padangensis Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Menophyllum SECTION Platyacron

Photo by Art Vogel


Plant and Flowers in situ Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Photos by David Kuehn

Fragrance Part Shade Hot Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Padang Oberonia [An area of Western Sumatra]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, New Guinea and Sulawesi in riverine forests at elevations of 250 to 1800 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a flattened stem carrying about 12, falcate-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on a pendulous, 6" + [15 cm+] long, densly many flowered, shortly pilose and ribbed infloresence and carrying color variable, mushroom scented flowers.

Synonyms Iridorkis spathulata (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis equitans Blume 1825; Malaxis spathulata Rchb.f. 1861; Malaxis spiralis Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia betongensis Kerr 1927; Oberonia spathulata Lindl. 1830; Oberonia spiralis Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as O spathulata; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as O spathulata drawing fide; *Contributions to Knowledge of the Orchid Flora of Sumatra Schlechter 1911; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911/85; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as O spathulata; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959 as O betongensis drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea Van Royen 1979 as O spathulata; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as O spiralis; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as Oberonia spiralis Lindl. 1859; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #6 2019 photo fide;