Octarrhena exigua Schltr. 1913

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Most Insignificant Octarrhena

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a very short, stem-like rhizome giving rise to strict, densely leafy stems carrying erect-spreading, equitant, linear, acute leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, peduncle thin, few bracted, as long to slightly shorter than the .2 to .36" [5 to 9 mm] long leaves, laxly 5 to 9 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that this species is the smallest Octarrhena within New Guinea and the flowers are yellow.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide;