Oberonia josephi C.J.Saldanha, Forester 100: 569 1974.;
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India (Karnataka) (as per WCSP)
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Pendulous epiphytic herbs. Leaves 10-16 x 0.6-1.4 cm. ensiform, flattened, acute; scape up to 10 cm long, slightly winged. Inflorescence a many flowered spike with a sterile portion at the apex; floral bracts 4.5 x 2 mm, ovate, fimbriate. Flowers 6-6.5 x 3.5-4 mm, orange, in distinct verticels; floral bracts 4.5 x 2 mm, ovate, fimbriate. Sepals and petals deflexed. Sepals dissimilar, dorsal sepal 2-2.2 x 0.75-0.8 mm, ovate, induplicate; lateral sepals 2-2.2 x 0.75-0.8 mm, ovate, slightly serrate at apex, acute. Petals 2-2.2x 0.3 mm, lanceolate, base slightly serrate, apex acute, crossing each other. Lip 4.5 x 3.5 mm, 3-lobbed, sparsely gland dotted, lateral lobes oblong, elongate, folded upwards and encircling the column, midlobe, 2-lobuled, lobules orbicular, crenulate, serrulate; disc ovate, saccate. Pollinia 4, 0.3-0.4 mm long.

Flowering and fruiting: January-February
Evergreen forests
South India (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

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TSP21SEP2015-1: Oberonia sp for ID assistance. : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Submitting few images of an Oberonia sp for ID assistance.
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Epiphytic, Montane forest
Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1800 msl

Date 1-09-2015


This should be Oberonia josephii Saldanha.

Petals and sepals bent backwards, sidelobes of the labellum tending to arch over the column, front lobes of labellum separated by a gap and lobes are broad.

Thanks a lot for sharing.



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TSP20SEP2015-1: Oberonia sp for ID assistance : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Submitting few images of an Oberonia sp for ID assistance.
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Epiphytic, Montane forest
Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl

Date 28-08-2015 and 10-09-2015


While taking pictures of Oberonia in the southern part of India please take some time to take picture of a flower from back side. The dorsal sepal is very important and also the knowledge of presence or absence of hairs or hair like things on the flower. Its not easy to understand this flower but it is very very close to what I think of Oberonia josephii because there is lot of space between the two lobes of labellum.



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Kindly examine and identify this Oberonia sp (Orchidaceae 

Habit:Herb 

Habitat:Wild,Epiphytic,Evergreen forest 

Sighting:Mullaianagiri,Chikmagalur,Karnataka,about 1700 msl 

Date:15-09-2016


I would like to call it Oberonia josephii but I am not sure.

Its not possible for me to check dorsal sepal. But there is a big gap between two lobules of the front lobe and it doesnt look hairy.

It cant be burnoniana because stalk is much thinner.


also because flowers are in distinct whorls.



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TSP20SEP2015-2: Oberonia sp for ID assistance. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Submitting few images of an Oberonia sp for ID assistance.
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Epiphytic, Montane forest
Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl

Date 28-08-2015


This is the problem with Oberonia. You cant make out if the plant is juvenile and flowering or its a mature plant, because all of them flower very nicely irrespective of their age.

If I had to through a guess, then I would say josephii because the side lobes of the labellum is clrealy overarching one another with two font lobes with a gap in middle.


This is complicated. Based on the lateral lobes of lip coming over and overlapping, narrow petals, base of inflorescence inflated, I think this is Oberonia josephi.

Nice find. Endemic to south India.


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