Oberonia scyllae Lindl. 1859 Photo by Suranjan Fernando and An Anotated Checklist of the Orchids of Sri Lanka

Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Cool Winter Spring

Common Name Scylla's Oberonia [A mythical greek female sea monster]

Flower Size .08 [2 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a few, distichous, equitant, fleshy, laterally compressed, acute leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, then abruptly curved, spicifor, obscurely whorled, racemose, many flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, acuminate-acute floral bracts and carrying reddish brown flowers.

Synonyms Iridorkis scyllae (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis scyllae (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide;