Oberonia setigera Ames 1912

Photo by Jim Cootes


Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by

Common Name The Bristley Oberonia [refers to the bristle-like floral bracts]

Flower Size 1/8" [2 mm]

A Philippine, miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte found on tree trunks in shaded locations at altitudes around 1200 meters with a semipendent stem carrying sword-like, reddish leaves that blooms on a terminal, pendant, bracteate, to 8" [20 cm] long, inflorescence that has many flowers arranged in multi-flowered clusters that are laterally ringed closely around the scape .

This orchid likes a tree fern mount with some sphagnam moss around the roots to maintain moisture. Found as a cool growing epiphyte that is best mounted to accomodate the plant.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Fascile 5 Ames 1915; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 6 1998 photo; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Geritsen 2013 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #9 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #2 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2016 photo ok;