Oberonia recurva Lindl. 1839 SUBGENUS Menophyllum

Photo by Jalal & Jayanth


Drawing by King & Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Photo by Eric Hunt

Full shade WarmCoolFallWinter

Common Name The Recurved Oberonia - In China Hua Nan Yuan Wei Lan

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in tha Chinese Himalayas, Assam, Darjeeling, Sikkim, India and Sri Lanka in tropical valleys and in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests elevations of 900 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a fan of 3 to 4, ensiform-lanceolate, tapering to an acute apex, straight to weakly falcate, imbricate basally leavest that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect to decurved, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, densely many flowered, terete, grooved inflorescence with oblong-lanceolate to elliptic, subacute, crenulate to entire floral bracts

Synonyms Iridorchis gardneriana (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891; Iridorchis recurva (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis recurva (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Malaxis setifera (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Oberonia croftiana King & Pantl. 1898; Oberonia gardneriana Thwaites 1861; Oberonia lingmalensis Blatt. & McCann 1931; Oberonia myriantha var. parvula (King & Pantl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Oberonia parvula King & Pantl. 1895; Oberonia setifera Lindl. 1859;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as O croftiana drawing ok; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as O parvula drawing fide; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing good; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 4 Ansari & Balakrishnan 1990 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 photo ok; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 photo fide;