Oberonia volucris Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Menophyllum SECTION Otoglossum Schlechter Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Bird Like Oberonia [refers to the column and lip]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea along creeks at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to an erect, subflexuous, glabrous, leafy stem carrying 5 to 6, subfalcate-linear, acute, glabrous leaves that blooms in the spring on a graceful, short, to 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, irregularily dentate margins, glabrous,dorsally carinate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are dark red brown and that the lip has two winglike lateral lobes and together with the column appear to form a flying bird.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide;