Goodyera angustifolia

Goodyera angustifolia Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 92

Type: Schlechter 13892 (holo B, lost)

Stems creeping in basal part, near the base laxely several-leaved. Leaves petiolate; petiole 2-2.5 cm long, strongly dilated to the base, clasping the stem; blade linear to linear-lanceolate, 9-13 by 0.7-1 cm, apex acute to acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, 30 cm long, minutely glandular-pubescent, peduncle-scales distant, subulate-acuminate; rachis 5 cm long, rather laxely several-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, the lower ones longer than the ovary, upper ones as long as the ovary, apex acute. Pedicel and ovary 0.7-0.8 cm long, subcylindric, minutely glandular pubescent. Flowers resupinated, c. 0.7 cm across. Dorsal sepal lanceolate, 0.5 cm by 2 mm, outside minutely glandular pubescent, apex acute. Lateral sepals a little wider than the dorsal sepal, 0.5 cm long, apex subacute; outside minutely glandular-pubescent. Petals narrowly linear, 0.5 cm long, cohering along their inner margins, apex obtuse. Lip ovate, concave, in apical part constricted, widening to a suborbicular, obtuse terminal lobe, 0.6 by 0.3 cm, inside near the base sparsely covered with backwards-pointing papillae. Column long for the genus, widened across the stigma, rostellum bifid. Anther erect, obcordate, acute. (After Schlechter, 1905).

Colours: Flower brownish.

Habitat: Between leaf litter in lowland rain forest. Altitude 150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 332-5M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in shade.