Oberonia balakrishnanii R.Ansari, Orchid Monogr. 4: 16 1990. ;
India (Tamil Nadu) as per WCSP;


Kindly examine and identify this Oberonia sp (Orchidaceae) 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, epiphytic, Shola forest. 

Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl 

Date: 18-10-2016

This group is not easy to confirm.

Flowers are densely placed on stalk, I cant see the bract but the margin of petal and sepal is entire, there is a gap between front lobules of mid-lobe of labellum, petals and sepals bent backwards, inflorescence has long leafy base… I would say this is Oberonia balakrishnanii….
Cant be josephii as flowers are dense; cant be wynadensis as flowers are dense and not in rosette; not hairy labellum so not chandrasekharanii…..
But yes many of others i feel like they can be merged together!!
Thanks a lot for sharing.

TSP22082015_Devaramane_1 for ID assistance. : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)
Submitting images of an epiphytic Oberonia sp for identification. I think this specimen is similar to the one that I had uploaded for ID assistance vide ref 12-8-2015_TSP_Orchid_Gutti. … was kind enough to narrow down the ID to O.balakrishnanii and O.burnoniana.The two were sighted in about the same region
Date/time:22-8-2015/ About 3-00 pm
Location: Devaramane, Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka about 1400 msl
Habitat: Wild, Epiphytic
Habit: Herb.

Excellent set of photographs. Thanks … for sharing.

Very beautiful closeup pics, hope to get id concluded.. thanks … for showing beautiful plants !!

In my opinion, this isn’t Oberonia brunoniana… but I am confused between O. josephii and O. balakrishnanii... I must acknowledge that you have provided excellent set of images but for species identification the sepals, petals are needed too…which are not clearly visible here…. Let us wait for comments from experts..

Most probably Oberonia chandrasekharanii or O. swaminathanii

Larger side lobes so I will go for Oberonia balakrishnanii.