Diplocaulobium fariniferum

Diplocaulobium fariniferum (Schltr.) Carr, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew (1934) 381.

Basionym: Dendrobium fariniferum.

Rhizome very short, roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, 1-leaved, slender, to the base obclavate, 3-11 by 0.4-0.7 (at the base) to 0.2 cm (near the apex). Leaves linear-ligulate, 5-7 by 0.55-0.75 cm, apex subacute, unequally bilobulate, subcoriaceous. Inflorescences arising in succession from the apex of the pseudobulb, 1-flowered; spathe laterally compressed, c. 1.5 cm long, subacute. Pedicel and ovary 3.8 cm long, slender, glabrous. Flower resupinated, c. 5 cm wide. Dorsal sepal narrowly lanceolate, to the apex much elongated, slightly dilated, 2.8 cm long, apex obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely narrowly lanceolate, to the apex much elongated, slightly dilated, to the base widened, 2.8 cm long, apex obtuse; mentum 0.6 cm long, obtuse. Petals obliquely linear-lanceolate, to the apex much elongated, slightly dilated, c. 2.5 cm long, apex obtuse. Lip ligulate-oblong, 1 by 0.4 cm, with two parallel keels extending from the base to a little above the middle, in front of the keels with a short oblong farinose callus, margins above the middle slightly undulate. Column short, clinandrium 3-lobulate, the median lobule tooth-like, the laterals dentate tooth-like, denticulate; column-foot 0.6. Anther helmet-shaped, glabrous, in front broadly obtuse, at the back with a small hump.
(after Schlechter, 1912).

Colours: Flower whitish with yellow tips to the sepals and petals, lip in basal half with red veins.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest. Altitude 900-1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May, September.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea (Madang Province).

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.