Oberonia verticillata Wight 1851

Plant in situ India

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Full Shade Warm Cool Summer Fall

Common Name The Whorled Oberonia

Flower Size .04" [1mm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in dry deciduous forest on Ficus tree as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying a few, fleshy, oblong, acuminate leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, terminal, 10" [25 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with equal to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale or orange yellow the flowers spirally arranged or in whorls.

Synonyms Iridorkis verticillata (Wight) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis verticillata (Wight) Rchb.f.1861; Oberonia spiralis Blatt. & McCann 1931

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Revision of the Orchids of German Samoa Schlechter 1910-1; Indian Orchids, A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 Drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 23–62 Jalal & Jayanth 2018; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018;