Oberonia zeylanica Hook.f. 1888 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade EARLY

Common Name The Sri Lanka Oberonia

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Tamil Nadu India and Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forests to subtropical montane forests in the tops of tall trees at elevations of 1200 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized , cool growing epiphyte with a short stem envelkoped completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying articulate basally, oblong, acute to subacute leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on a terminal, arcuate, flattened peduncle to 2.4" [6 cm] long, rachis to 4.8" [12 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying verticillate flowers.

Synonyms Iridorkis zeylanica Kuntze 1891; Oberonia browneana Thwaites ex Hook.f. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide;