Appendicula anemophila

Appendicula anemophila (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 36

Basionym: Cyphochilus anemophilus

Terrestrial, erect, branched, several-stemmed, up to 100 cm high, somewhat rigid; rhizome very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous; stems and branches erect or erect-patent, densely leafy, somewhat rigid, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves lanceolate, 4.5-8 cm long, below the middle 0.6-1.6 cm wide, pointed, apex minutely bilobulate with a setiform apiculum; Inflorescence terminal, about as long as the leaves, scales and bracts lanceolate, acute, glabrous, as long as or somewhat longer than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals oblong, 0.65 cm long. Median sepal apiculate. Lateral sepals submucronulate, oblique, at the base somewhat dilated along the front margin, mentum short, obtuse. Petals linear-ligulate, apex subtruncate-obtuse, oblique, about as long as the sepals. Lip 0.8 cm long, below the apex 0.7 cm wide, in outline broadly cuneate, in front obtusely bilobed with an obtuse apiculum, above the base with a cucullate, conical, forked callus, the two ?legs? of the callus inside at the base puberulous, semioblong, obtuse, extending up to apical third of the lip, there with a small, conical, obtuse callus. Column short, auricles short, column-foot very short. Anther broadly ovate, narrowly obtuse, glabrous; pollinia obliquely pyriform, about equally large, viscidium subquadrate, large. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.8 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Cyphochilus anemophilus Schltr.)

Colours: Flower yellow-green, lip white, red in the middle.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane grassland. Altitude 1000-1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 57-10M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in light position.