!Octarrhena parvula Thwaites 1861

Plant and Inflorescence

Plants on stick

Photos by Peter O'Byrne

Full Shade Warm ColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Small Flowered Octarrhena

Flower Size .10" [2.7mm]

Found in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines in hill, oak/laurel, lower montane and dry forests on sandstone ridges at elevations of 900 to 2500 meters on tree trunks and branches as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with many close set, non-branching stems carrying many, laterally flattened, linear, acute, light green leaves that blooms in the spring on more than one per stem, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, to 14 flowered, two ranked inflorescence with shortly triangular, acute floral bracts

Synonyms Octarrhena nana (Hook.f.) Schltr. 1911; Phreatia nana Hook.f. 1890; Phreatia parvula (Thwaites) Benth. ex Hkr.f 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1892 as Phreatia nana drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Phreatia parvula; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as Phreatia parvula; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea Van Royen 1979; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo ok; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide