Oberonia attenuata Dockrill (1960:4)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Invalid (synonym of O. insectifera) (Geiger, 2019:129).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym of O. insectifera) (Geiger, 2019:129).

Last record: 12 June 1960; 1964 (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:17)

Rediscovered in 2015 (Banks, 2016) prior to synonymisation



Cape York Peninsula (south-eastern), Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Dockrill, A. W. (1960). A new species of Oberonia (Orchidaceae) from North Queensland. The North Queensland Naturalist 29(126): 4.


Other references:

Banks, D. (2016). Oberonia attenuata rediscovered! The Australian Orchid Review, June-July 2016: 31-33.

Clements, M. A. (1989). Catalogue of Australian Orchidaceae. In: Australian Orchid Research. 1. Essendon, Victoria: Australian Orchid Foundation.

Department of the Environment. (2015). Oberonia attenuata in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Fri, 6 Feb 2015 23:43:21 +1100.

Dockrill, A. W. (1992). Australian indigenous orchids, revised edition. Sydney, SGAP, NSW Region.

Field, Ashley R. and Zich, Frank A. (2012). Types of enigmatic north-Queensland Orchids from the Dockrill herbarium. Austrobaileya 8(4): 696-698.

Geiger, D. L. (2019). Studies on Oberonia 5 (Orchidaceae: Malaxideae). Twenty-four new synonyms, and a corrected spelling. Blumea 64(2): 123-139.

Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Hnatiuk, R. J. (1990). Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series 11: 1-650.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Pedersen, H. Æ. et al. (2022). Flora of Thailand 12(3): 671-1015. The Forest Herbarium, Royal Forest Department.

Silcock, Jen L., Field, Ashley R., Walsh, Neville G. and Fensham, Roderick J. (2019). To name those lost: assessing extinction likelihood in the Australian vascular flora. Oryx 54(2): 167-177. [Supplementary Material]

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.


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