Octarrhena montana

Octarrhena montana (Ridl.) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1923) 148

Basionym: Phreatia montana

Stems slender, 8 cm long; roots thin, numerous. Leaves linear, obtuse, curved, carnose, flattened, minutely retuse, shortly mucronate, 3 by 1.5 cm, sheaths 0.5 cm long, ribbed, with crispate, scarious margins. Inflorescence erect, 11 cm long, slender, laxly flowered; peduncle 5 cm long, with a few scales. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, 0.1 long, as long as the ovary. Sepals ovate, obtuse. Lip not clawed, obovate, obtuse, rounded, in the middle depressed, saccate, with raised margins. Column very small. Anther ovate, rounded. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Not recorded, except that Ridley describes the mid-vein of the lip as being red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest; 759 to 3339 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 486-37M.JPG.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.