Oberonia rufilabris Lindl.1838 SUBGENUS Menophyllum

Inflorescence and Plant

Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Plant and Flowers

Photos by Milan Vagner

Full shade Hot Cool LATEFall Winter

Common Name The Fox-Red Lip Oberonia - In China Hong Chun Yuan Wei Lan

Flower Size .08" [1.8 mm]

Found in India, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia China and Vietnam on trees in forests at elevations of 300 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 3 to 4, curved, obtuse to blunt apically leaves that blooms in the late fall and winter on an erect to arching, 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with a few narrow bracts and with the apical, rather distant, dark reddish brown, verticillate flowers opening first.

Synonyms Iridorkis rufilabris (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis rufilabris (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia neotixieri Guillaumin 1963; Oberonia pantlingiana L.R.Shakya & R.P.Chaudhary 1999; Oberonia pulchrebracteata Tixier & Guillaumin 1963; Oberonia tiomanensis M.R.Hend. 1930

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