Oberonia longibracteata Lindl.1830 SUBGENUS Menophyllum

Photo by Tong Yi

Plant and Inflorescence

Drawing Photo by F Suranjan/Drawing by Seidenfaden at the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbaria Jany Renz

Full ShadeCool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Long Bracted Oberonia - In China Chang Bao Yuan Wei Lan

Flower Size .04 to .06" [1 to 1.5 mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam at elevations around 1200 to 1700 meters in dense forests on trees as a small sized cool growing epiphyteor lithoterrestrial with a rather short stem carrying 5 to 6, subbasal, laterally compressed, linear to linear-lanceolate, slightly thickened, not articulate basally, acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a subcylindric, connate in the lower part of the leaf, appearing to rise from the leaf blade, wingless to nearly so, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2 sterile bracts and linear-lanceolate, exceeding the flowers floral bracts

Synonyms Oberonia dalatensis Gagnep. 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide to drawing; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;