Genus Oberonia section Aphananthos

Genus Oberonia section Aphananthos

Genus Oberonia Lindl. section Aphananthos Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 1 (1911) 178. Type species: Oberonia cryptantha Schltr.

Stems very short. Leaf blades articulated with the sheaths. Bracts remarkable long, husk-like, completely covering and concealing the tiny flowers, even when these are fully developed.
(After Schlechter, 1912)

New Guinea, endemic

On small trees in hill country overhanging smaller streams

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Oberonia

Genus Oberonia section Aphananthos in New Guinea contains 1 species:

Oberonia cryptantha

Oberonia longibracteata Lindl. of subgenus Menophyllum has also quite large bracts, but these do not cover the flowers as complete as in Oberonia cryptantha Schltr.

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Genus Oberonia section Aphananthos

Oberonia cryptantha Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 70, fig. 251