Calymmanthera montana

Calymmanthera montana Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 956

Type: Schlechter 19151 (holo B, lost; iso AMES, BO, K, L, NSW)

Epiphyte, small, 3-6 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous; stem short, 3-6-leaved; leaves erect-patent, linear, acute, apex strongly obliquely bidentate, 2-5 cm long, in the middle 0.2-0.4 cm wide. Inflorescences laxly 10-20-flowered, 1-2-branched, straight, about as long as the leaves; bracts minute, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals lanceolate, subacuminate, 0.25 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals very similar to and about as long as the sepals. Lip at the base 3-lobed, 0.18 cm long, lateral lobes basal, suborbicular, mid-lobe much longer, lanceolate, subacute, inside keeled along the mid-vein; pollinia obliquely obovoid, stipe oblong-quadrate, somewhat shorter than the pollinia, viscidium large, quadrate. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower light yellow with slightly darker tips.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1100-1700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 109-3M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.