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Oberonia anguina

Oberonia anguina

Oberonia anguina Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 146

Type: Schlechter 18081 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytical, spreading or pendent, several-stemmed, up to 40 cm long. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Stem entirely hidden by the leaf-bases, strongly flexuose, many-leaved. Leaves subfalcate-lanceolate, acute, glabrous, free part up to 2 cm long, at the base c. 0.8 cm wide. Inflorescence densely many-flowered, cylindrical, elongated, up to 12 cm long, c. 0.4 cm diam. across the flowers. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, almost as long as the ovary, glabrous, margins subdentate-irregular. Flowers minute, patent, not resupinate, glabrous. Sepals broadly ovate-oblong, obtuse, glabrous, 0.05 cm long. Petals obliquely linear, obtuse, as long as the sepals. Lip long-auriculate, auricles falcate-oblong, obtuse, outer margins subdentate, with a median basal lamella decurrent to the apex, 0.4 mm long, clasping the column; blade in outline broadly obovate, in apical half with coarsely and irregularly notched-dentate margins, slightly more than 0.1 cm long, 0.075 cm wide above the middle. Column very short, rather thick. Anther subreniform, obtuse, dorsally umbonate. Ovary cylindrical, including the pedicel 0.15 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)


Flowers brown.

Epiphyte in lowland forest; 300 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing epiphyte.

March, July.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 56, fig. 196
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Section Labidous
  • Genus Oberonia
  • Species Oberonia anguina

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Oberonia anguina

Oberonia anguina Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 56, fig. 196