Dendrobium recurvilabre

Dendrobium recurvilabre J.J.Sm., Meded. Rijks-Herb. 23 (1915) 9; Nova Guinea 12, 4 (1916) 307, t. 112, fig. 201.

Type: Sitanala 11217 (holo BO).

Stems elongated, laterally compressed, in cross-section narrowly elliptic, with sharp angles, 4 mm wide, internodes 2.7 cm long. Leaf sheaths keeled, with a broad triangular obtuse tooth opposite the leaf-blade. Leaves erect-patent, twisted at the base so as to lie in one plane, lanceolate, 12.5 by 1.9-2 cm, papyraceous-coriaceous, apex unequally bidentate. Inflorescences laterally from the stems, very short, 2-flowered, spathe 0.3 cm long. Ovary 0.48 cm long. Flowers c. 2.5 cm across. Dorsal sepal 1.65 cm by 5 mm; mentum 0.4 cm long, broadly retuse. Petals 1.35-1.4 cm by 3.8-4.2 mm. Lip weakly 3-lobed, when flattened 0.84 by 0.68 cm, with a median verrucose keel that at the base is broadened into a transverse verrucose callosity, on either side of the keel with a band of small warts; lateral lobes inside transversely verrucose. Column 0.32 cm long; column-foot 0.43 cm long.
(after Smith, 1916).

Colours: Flower yellow, lip orange.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland rainforest.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Puncak Jaya and Merauke Regencies).

Map: RECLAMAP.JPG [Dendrobium recurvilabre J.J.Sm., distribution map.]

Notes: Dendrobium recurvilabre should be compared with Dendrobium perlongum.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.