Octarrhena umbellulata Schltr. 1913

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

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Umbel Carrying Octarrhena

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a very short, stem-like rhizome giving rise to strict to somewhat flexuous, leafy stems carrying erect-spreading, glabrous, subulate to subfiliform, obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, peduncle thin, few bracted, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying the flowers in a subumbellate array.

Schlechter states that this species is unique in it umbellate inflorescence with yellowish green flowers.


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