Oberonia santapaui Kapadia 1960 Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Santapau's Oberonia [Indian Botanist current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in southern India at elevations of 600 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool, erect to pendulous growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying articulate aat the base, oblong, obtuse to acute, dirty brown leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on a terminal, erect, flattened peduncle to 3.2" [8 cm] long, rachis to [19 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary and pedicel, lanceolate, acute floral bracts carrying verticillate, reddish brown to straw colored flowers.

Synonyms Iridorkis lindleyana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis lindleyana Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia lindleyana Wight 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing ok;