Epiblastus neohibernicus

Epiblastus neohibernicus Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 239

Type: Schlechter 14670 (holo B, lost; iso BR, K, P)

Epiphytic, pendulous, up to 60 cm long. Rhizome elongated, entirely adnate to and enveloped by the pseudobulbs. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Pseudobulbs cylindrical, somewhat compressed, 1-leaved, superposed, young shoots arising near the apex of the old ones, 7-10 cm long, when dried 0.5-0.8 cm across. Leaves lorate-ligulate, acute, apiculate, 25-35 cm long, near the middle 2-2.3 cm wide. Inflorescences fascicled, short, 15-20, peduncles slender, filiform, glabrous, up to 10 cm long, 1-flowered. Bract minute, scale-like, apiculate. Flowers glabrous. Median sepal ovate-lanceolate, subacute, 0.8 cm long. Lateral sepals as long as the median sepal, obliquely ovate, subacute. Petals obliquely ligulate, narrowly obtuse, glabrous, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip in basal part cuneate, triangular-ovate, acute, near the middle transversely bilamellate, the lamellae semiorbicular, not clearly separated, as long as the petals, near the middle 0.5 cm wide. Column short, almost half as long as the lip, widened at the apex, foot short. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, subsessile, about 1.5 cm long.

(After Schlechter, 1911-1914).

Colours: Flower scarlet red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in hill forest. Altitude 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Bismarck Archipelago (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 272-16M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in light shade.