Pendulous Oberonia
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Pendulous Oberonia
P Native Photo: M. Sulaiman
Common name: Pendulous Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia josephi    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Pendulous Oberonia is a pendulous tree-dwelling orchid. Leaves are 10-16 x 0.6-1.4 cm, sword-shaped, flattened, pointed; flowering stem up to 10 cm long, slightly winged. Inflorescence is a many flowered spike with a sterile portion at the tip; floral bracts 4.5 x 2 mm, ovate, fringed. Flowers are greenish yellow brown, 5 x 2 mm, in verticils; dorsal sepal oblong, blunt; lateral sepals oblong-ovate, blunt; petals linear, blunt, decurved along margins; lip 2.5 mm across, 3-lobed; lateral lobes longitudinally elongated. Pendulous Oberonia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: M. Sulaiman Photographed in Kakkayam, Kozhikode, Kerala.

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