Oberonia platycaulon Wight 1851

SUBGENUS Oberonia Photo by The Enchanting Kerala Website

Drawing Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade LATEWinterEARLYSpring

Common Name The Broad Stemmed Oberonia

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in southern India at elevations above 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a stem enveloped completely by imbricate leaf sheath bases carrying linear, sometimes falcate, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a thick, erect, flattened and adnate tothe uppermost leaf peduncle to 4.4" [11 cm] long, rachis to 3.8" [9.5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Iridorkis platycaulon (Wight) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis platycaulon (Wight) Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia bisaccata Manilal & C.S.Kumar 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids, A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 Drawing ok; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing ok; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as O bisaccata drawing fide