Goodyera viridiflora

Goodyera viridiflora (Blume) Blume, Fl. Javae, n.s., 1 (1858) 34, pl. 9c, fig. 2

Basionym: Neottia viridiflora

Stems creeping and rooting in the basal part, erect part leafy. Leaves petiolate; petiole 3 cm long, dilated and sheathing to the base; blade erect-patent, ovate-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, more or less oblique, 5-9 by 2-3 cm, apex acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, 15-20 cm long, glandular-pubescent, rather laxely 10-20-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, the lower ones longer than the ovary, the upper ones as long as the ovary, apex acuminate, glandular-pubescent. Pedicel and ovary 1 cm long, subcylindric, glandular-pubescent. Flowers resupinated, c. 1.5 cm across, turned to all sides. Dorsal sepal lanceolate, 0.9 cm long, concave, apex narrowly obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate, 0.9 cm long, apex acuminate; outside near the base glandular-pubescent. Petals obliquely oblanceolate-spatulate, subfalcate, 0.8 cm by 3 mm, cohering near their apices along the inner margins, apex narrowly obtuse. Lip lanceolate, subacute, 0.8 cm long, in basal half concave-cucullate, inside papillose-pilose. Column erect, semiterete, rostellum erect, with elongated horn-like arms. Anther lanceolate, rostrate-acuminate. (After Schlechter, 1905, as Goodyera brachiorhynchos Schltr.).

Colours: Flower flesh coloured or usually green.

Habitat: Terrestrial among leaf-litter in hill and montane forest. Altitude 0(?)-2300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, March, April, May, June, July, September, October.

Distribution: India (Assam), Nepal, Bhutan, China (Kwangtung), Taiwan, Ryukyu Archipelago, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Celebes, ?Lesser Sunda Islands, ?Moluccas, New Guinea, Philippines, Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 332-156M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.