Octarrhena aristata P.Royen 1979 Specimen at and The The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part Shade Cold LATE Winter EARLYspring

Common Name The Awned Octarrhena [refers to the bracts]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in Nothofagus forests at elevations around 3050 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, glabrous, usually simple, subterete stems carrying in the upper half, erect-patent, fleshy, glabrous, falcate, linear, terete and lightly laterally compressed, obtuse leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a glabrous, flexuous, narrowly three-winged, .8 to 1.8" [2 to 4.5 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with 2 tubular bracts and glabrous, broadly ovate, awned floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea Van Royen 1979 drawing ok;