Oberonia rimachila D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2006

Plant and Flower Photos by M A Clements Copyright , and the Australian Tropical Rainforest Orchids Website

Full Shade Hot Warm Summer Fall

Common Name The Narrowly Cleft Oberonia [refers to the narrow slit like pit on the mid lobe of the lip] - In Australia The Channeled Fairy Orchid]

Flower Size .05" [1.25 mm]

Found in northeastern Queensland Australia on sheltered rocky slopes near streams, open forest, rainforest, coastal scrub and mangroves at elevations of sealevel to 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a short stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheth bases carrying 5 to 7, sessile, green to reddish, ensiform to falcate, acute, apiculate leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, suberect to pendent, to 5.6" [14 cm] long, densely many flowered inflroescence with bristle like bracts and carrying widely spreading often reflexed flowers held in whorls of 8 to 10.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Geritsen 2013 photos fide

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