Octarrhena angraecoides

Octarrhena angraecoides (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 9 (1911) 217

Basionym: Phreatia angraecoides

Epiphytic, erect, or ascending, several-stemmed; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose glabrous. Stems unbranched, erect or ascending, rooting at the base, elongated, up to 20 cm long, entirely covered with tightly clasping leaf-sheaths. Leaves erect-patent, linear-falcate, acuminate, glabrous, equitant, rather thick-textured, 2-2.8 cm long, up to 0.4 [‘4’] cm wide. Inflorescence axillary, cylindrical, densely many-flowered, up to 4 cm long, 0.4 cm diam. [across the flowers], surpassing the leaves; peduncle short, with several acuminate, glabrous, scales. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, almost as long as the shortly pedicellate, ovary. Flowers subpatent. Median sepal lanceolate-oblong, obtuse, almost 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique ovate, acuminate, glabrous, as long as the median sepal. Petals patent obliquely lanceolate, acuminate, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip narrowly oblong-ligulate obtuse, almost as long as the petals. Column short, foot very short; clinandrium very low; rostellum notched in front. Anther rhomboid, rostrate-acuminate, in front slightly notched; pollinia 8, obliquely clavate; stipe linear, somewhat narrowed towards the viscidium, a little longer than the pollinia. Ovary shortly pedicellate, , clavate, glabrous, almost 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flowers yellowish green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 800 to 2500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, April, May, July, August, September, October, November.

Distribution: Malesia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, New Guinea), Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 486-4M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate to cool growing epiphyte.