Orestias micrantha Summerh. 1937 Drawing by H.B. Margonska & D.L. Szlachetko and The Taxonomic Revisdion of the African Genus Orestias Ridl. Website

Collection SheetScan by Jstor and the JSTOR Plant Science Website

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Common Name The Small Flowered Orestias

Flower Size .2 to .28" [5 to 5.2 mm]

Found in São Tomé, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea in lowland, hill and gallery forests at elevations of 450 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4, broadly ovate, ovate to ovate-oblong, apiculate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terminal, peduncle with 3 to 6 sterile bracts, the rachis 2 to 5.6" [5 to 14 cm] long, 3.2 to 8.8" [8 to 22 cm] long, 30 to 60 flowered inflorescence.

This is the Isotype of Orestias micrantha and was collected in 1897


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; The Taxonomic Revision of the African Genus Orestias Ridl. H.B. Margonska & D.L. Szlachetko 2006 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Szaltchetko etal 2012 drawing fide