Octarrhena pusilla (F.M.Bailey) Dockrill 1992

Plant and Inflorescence in situ Australia Photos by John Fanning and D L Jones and The Australian Tropical Rainforest Orchids Website


Common Name The Small Octarrhena - In Australia The Wispy Grub Orchid

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found northern Queensland Australia at elevations of 600 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect to curving stam carrying 3 to 6, erect, distichous, alternate, sessile, slightly grooved, cylindrical, basally imbricate sheathed leaves that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on an axillary, erect, .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long, 5 to 20 flowered inflorescence carrying porrect, non resupinate flowers.

Synonyms *Oberonia pusilla F.M.Bailey 1889; Phreatia baileyana Schltr. 1911; Phreatia pusilla (F.M.Bailey) Rolfe 1903;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Phreatia baileyana drawing fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 as Phreatia baileyi photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006