Aglossorhyncha torricellensis

Aglossorhyncha torricellensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 323

Type: Schlechter 20191 (holo B, lost; iso AMES, BO, K, L)

Epiphyte, erect, small, 8-15 cm high, rhizome strongly elongated, decumbent, covered with appressed sheaths; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems unbranched or sparsely branched, somewhat compressed, densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent, ligulate, apex somewhat oblique, obtuse or obtusely apiculate, at the base subpetiolate-narrowed, 2-3.5 cm long, near the middle 0.4-0.6 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, striate-nervose, apical margin obliquely truncate, usually hardly more than 0.5 cm long. Flowers solitary at the apices of the branches or of the main stem, glabrous. Sepals oblong, narrowly obtuse. Median sepal 1.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, 1 cm long, somewhat wider than the median sepal. Petals obliquely elliptic-ligulate, subacute, 1 cm long, near the middle 0.3 cm wide. Lip in outline oblong, cucullate-concave, 0.9 cm long, above the middle 0.4 cm wide, narrowly obtusely apiculate, mid-vein somewhat thickened, towards the apex thickened-swollen. Column slender, glabrous, semiterete, somewhat dilated towards the apex, 0.7 cm long, clinandrium 4-lobate, lobes crenulate-dentate, the anterior lobes short, rounded, posterior lobes twice as long as the anterior lobes, subquadrate. Anther subquadrate, notched in front, dorsally umbonate, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower golden sulfur-yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 800-2840 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March, July, September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 23-15M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.