Sickle-Leaf Oberonia
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Sickle-Leaf Oberonia
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Sickle-Leaf Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia falcata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Oberonia caudata, Oberonia pendula

Sickle-Leaf Oberonia is a mini-miniature to small sized, tree-dwelling orchi with a flexuose stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf-bearing sheaths carrying 5 to 6, linear-sword-shaped, sickle shaped leaves. The plant blooms in the summer and early fall on an erect, nearly whorled, round, 4-16 cm long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceshaped, pointed, hyaline, erose floral bracts. Flowers are 2-4 mm across, stalked. Sickle-Leaf Oberonia is found in Central Himalaya to China and Indo-China, at altitudes of 1300-3000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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