Sword-Leaf Oberonia
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Sword-Leaf Oberonia
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Sword-Leaf Oberonia
Botanical name: Oberonia ensiformis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Iridorkis ensiformis, Malaxis ensiformis, Oberonia trilobata

Sword-Leaf Oberonia is an orchid found growing on rocks in Assam, Eastern Himalayas, Nepal, India, and parts of SE Asia, at altitudes of 600-700 m. The plant has a short stem carrying 4-5 linear sword-shaped, curved, leaves. The plant blooms in autumn on an erect, densely many flowered, thick, fleshy, up to 25 cm long, racemose inflorescnece, in leaf axil. The inflorscence has diatant, lance-shaped, acute bracts and convolute, ovate- circular, acute, frilly floral bracts.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Uttarakhand.
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