Oberonia thwaitesii Hook.f. 1888 Photo by Mulder & Mulder-Roelfsema

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

Part Shade WarmLATE Spring Summer

Common Name Thwaits' Oberonia [English Botanist and Plant collector in Asia 1800's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in India and Sri Lanka in tropical wet semi-evergreen forests at elevations of 500 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying articulate at the base, oblong-ensiform, straight to slightly curved, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring through summer on an indistinct peduncle, rachis to 9.2" [23 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with oblong to oblong-lanceolate, acute irregularily toothed slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying verticillate, pale orange yellow flowers.

Synonyms Malaxis verticillata var. pubescens (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia verticillata var. pubescens Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing fide;