Octarrhena macgregorii

Octarrhena macgregorii (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 901

Basionym: Chitonanthera macgregorii

Epiphytic, decumbent to ascending, rooting, branching. Stems and branches slender, terete, entirely covered by the persistent leaf-sheaths, laxly leaved. Leaves patent, articulated with the sheaths, subulate-filiform, acute, glabrous, 1-1.8 cm long. Inflorescences arising from the leaf-axils, erect-patent, almost distichous, rather laxly 10-20-flowered, a little longer than the leaves. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, as long as the flowers. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals patent, ovate, subobtuse, glabrous, about 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals slightly oblique. Petals obliquely oblong, obtuse, erect-patent, about 3 times shorter than the sepals. Lip as long as the petals, suborbicular, obtusely and shortly acuminate, with concave-incurved margins, glabrous. Column short, cylindrical; stigma small; rostellum large. Anther about reniform, subobtuse. Ovary shortly pedicellate, clavate, glabrous, about 0.1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1906)

Colours: Not recorded for the type; flowers orange in specimens that are belived to be attributable to this species.

Habitat: Epiphyte in subalpine forest; 3500 to 3800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 486-35M.JPG.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.