Oberonia pyrulifera Lindl.1859 SUBGENUS Oberonia

Photo by K Keller and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Inflorescence and Plant

Photo by Orchid Society of China Website


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

Full shade HotCool Fall

Common Name The Pear-Carrying Oberonia [refers to the seed capsules shape] - In China Lie Chun Yuan Wei Lan

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, India, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal and Thailand in forests on trees at elevations of 300 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a very short stem carrying ensiform, semi-falcate, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on an axillary, slender, terete, bracteate, longer than the leaves, decurved, 2.2 to 4.4" [5.5 to 11 cm] cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with as long as the ovary, ovate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying scattered, pale or orange yellow flowers

Synonyms Iridorkis pyrulifera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis pyrulifera (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Malaxis verticillata var. khasiana (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia verticillata var. khasiana Lindl. 1859;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 Drawing fide; Orchids of Arunchal Pradesh Hegde 1984; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing/photo fide LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;