Oberonia microphylla

Oberonia microphylla (Blume) Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. (1830) 17

Basionym: Malaxis microphylla

Small epiphyte. Rhizome absent. Stems crowded, 6 cm long, c. 5-leaved, flexuose. Leaves linear, slightly falcate, 10 by 0.27 cm, apex acuminate. Inflorescences racemose, 7 cm long, as long as or usually shorter than the leaves, short, rather laxly many-flowered. Floral bracts subulate, 0.13 cm long, margins erose. Sepals ovate. Petals oblong, apex emarginate. Lip 3-lobed, 0.1 cm long; lateral lobes cuneate-triangular, rather large; mid-lobe obcordate, larger than the lateral lobes. Fruit 3-sided, obovoid, 6-ribbed, very shortly pedicellate, 0.25 cm long. (After Smith, 1905).

Colours: Flowers light green or pale brownish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (Java, New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 485-233M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.