Oberonia trichophora Aver. 2007 SECTION Oberonia Rchb.f

TYPE Drawing by Leonid Averyanov and Taiwania 52: 301 2007

Part Shade cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The River Loving Liparis

Flower Size .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm]

Found in northern Vietnam in broad-leaved evergreen forests on sandstone as a canopy epiphyte on tall trees at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a very short, abbreviated stem carrying 4 to 6 close, rosulate, imbricate, slightly laterally compressed or almost cylindrical, very fleshy, succulent subulate, lanceolate-ensiform, straight, or slightly falcate, obtuse, ovate or almost round in section, articulate at the base leaves that blooms in the fall on a much longer than leaves, peduncle .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, covered with numerous thread-like whitish bracts, rachis 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long, longitudinally ridged, flowers usually arranged in distant regular whorls, each with 7 to 9 flowers, many flowered inflorescence with broadly-ovate to ovate, irregularly-dentate along margin, reflexed and spreading, suddenly drawn at the apex into very long hair-like whitish threads, much longer than flowers floral bracts and carrying orange, widely opening flowers

"This rare species superficially resembles O. langbianensis Gagnep., known from southern Vietnam, but strikingly differs in numerous long-pointed thread-like floral bracts. Probably, this species is local endemic of mountain regions of northwestern part of the country." Averyanov 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Taiwania 52: 301 Averyanov 2007 photo/drawing fide;