Cadetia apiculifera

Cadetia apiculifera (J.J.Sm.) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1922) 91.

Basionym: Dendrobium apiculiferum.

Rhizome very short. Stems crowded, slender, clavate, 1.76-6 cm by 1.8 mm, 1-leaved. Leaves lanceolate, 2.3-5 by 0.65-0.9 cm, apex slightly unequally bidentate. Inflorescences terminal from the leaf axil, 1-flowered. Pedicel 0.7 cm long, in upper part sparsely muriculate; ovary 0.2 cm long, reversely appressed muriculate. Flower c. 0.8 cm across. Dorsal sepal subelliptic, 0.44 cm by 2.6 mm, apex aubacute. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong, 0.44 cm by 2.8 mm, apex narrowly obtuse; mentum 0.3 cm long. Petals narrowly linear, 0.45 cm by 0.4 mm. Lip 3-lobed, 0.37 by 0.2 cm; lateral lobes triangular, margins minutely erose, apex obtuse; midlobe transversely oblong, 0.1 by 0.25 cm, fleshy, apex apiculate. Column 0.18 cm long, hairy in front, stelidia laciniate, filament much shorter, triangular, acuminate; column-foot hairy at the base, 0.27 cm long.
(after Smith, 1916).

Colours: Flower white, midlobe of lip yellowish, column at the apex spotted with purple.

Habitat: Not recorded; in the lowlands.

Flowering time in the wild: August.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Biak-Numfor and Jayapura Regencies).

Map: APICUMAP.JPG [Cadetia apiculifera (J.J.Sm.) Schltr., distribution map.]

Notes: Cadetia apiculifera is closely related to Cadetia albiflora, with which it should be compared.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.