Octarrhena miniata

Octarrhena miniata (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 903

Basionym: Chitonanthera miniata

Epiphytic, erect, several-stemmed, c. 10 cm high. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Stems erect or suberect, indistinctly flexuose, laxly leafy, entirely covered with the leaf-sheaths, which are connate almost up to the apex. Leaves equitant, linear-falcate, acute, glabrous, coriaceous, 1-1.3 cm long, 0.15 cm wide. Inflorescence axillary, laxly 10- to 20-flowered, elongated, surpassing the leaves. Floral bracts ovate, acuminate, glabrous, almost as long as the ovary with pedicel. Flowers very small, suberect, 0.15 [‘1.5’] cm diam. Sepals ovate, obtuse, glabrous. Lateral sepals somewhat oblique. Petals oblong-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, somewhat oblique, less than half as long as the sepals. Lip narrowly oblong-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, towards the apex rather thick, a little shorter than the sepals. Column rather thick, clinandrium large; without a foot; stigma transverse, low. Anther obcordate, in front subacute. Ovary shortly pedicellate, . (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flowers orange.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 1500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 486-36M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.