Oberonia rimachila (Orchidaceae)

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One of the common Oberonia orchids in the region, I found this growing on a tree within the CSIRO arboretum – a good sign that native orchids do come and make their home on cultivated trees. Or perhaps we should think of such incidences as a being graced by fairies. Indeed, the genus Oberonia is named after Oberon, King of the fairies, a allusion by the botanist John Lindley to the diminutive flowers of these orchids and their arrangement on the inflorescence.

Like other Oberonia orchids, this species has fleshy overlapping fan-like leaves seemingly flattened in one, very much resembling a small Iris lily. The very small blossoms are clustered on spike.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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One Response to Oberonia rimachila (Orchidaceae)

  1. Paula Peeters says:

    I like the thought of an orchid as a sign of being graced by fairies 😊

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