Iris Leaf Oberonia
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Iris Leaf Oberonia
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Iris Leaf Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia mucronata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Stelis mucronata, Oberonia iridifolia, Malaxis denticulata

Iris Leaf Oberonia is an epiphytic orchid found in Eastern Himalayas, parts of India and SE Asia, at elevations of 10 to 200 m. It is a pendulous growing, small sized plant that has a clustered, short, leafy stem enveloped by 3-4, fleshy, fan shaped leaves, which resemble Iris leaves. Flowers are borne in a 10 inch long inflorescence arising from the tip of the fan-shaped growth and has a rat-tail shape with elliptic flower bracts and densely to laxly many flowers. The plant flowers in the fall and winter.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Orissa.
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