Octarrhena platyrachis P.Royen 1979 Photos courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol IV

Full Shade Cool Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Broad Rhachis Octarrhena

Flower Size

Found in Papua New Guinea in upper montane forests in moss with shade at elevations of 2370 to 3300 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with glabrous, unbranched to sometimes sparsely branched, slightly flexous, subterete, sapically leafy stem that carries erect-patent, glabrous, ensiform-linear, acute, slightly narrowed basally leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, glabrous, [2.6" to 5.6" [6.5 to 14 cm] long, many flowered, racemose, strongly flexuous, laterally compressed and widened inflorescence with 1 to 3 scales along the length and has glabrous, tubular basally, ligulate apically, acute floral bracts carrying sessile flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea Van Royen 1979 drawing ok; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 4 2006 photo; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006