Oberonia rhodostachys Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Menophyllum SECTION Otoglossum Schlechter

Plant and Flowers Type Drawing by Schlechter/Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Fall

Common Name The Red Flower Spike Oberonia

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea along creeks on exposed branches of small trees at elevations around 200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to an erect, very short, leafy stem carrying 4 to 5, erect-patent, obliquely ligulate, acute to apiculate, glabrous leaves that blooms in the fall on a thin, erect to suberect, short, to 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, irregular margins, glabrous, dorsally carinate, more or less equall to the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the rachis, bracts and flowers are dark brown-red.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide; The Orchids of The High Mountains of New Guinea Royen 1979