Hetaeria latipetala longirostris

Hetaeria latipetala Schltr. var. longirostris J.J.Sm., Nova Guinea 14 (1929) 348

Basionym: Hetaeria oblongifolia var. papuana

Flowers outside glandulose-pubescent, 0.3 cm wide, 0.48 cm long. Median sepal broadly ovate, obtuse, at the base strongly concave, apex recurved, 0.45 cm long, 0.3 cm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong-subovate, obtuse, concave, 0.48 cm long, 0.25 cm wide. Petals free, very broadly almost semi-elliptic, apex shortly contracted, broadly obtuse, concave, apex recurved, 0.44 cm long, 0.27 cm wide. Lip subovate-oblong, outside deeply grooved, 5-nerved, basal part oblong, strongly ventricose-concave, margin somewhat incurved on either side with a lobule which is appressed to the column, inside with several irregular, obtuse, cristate-muricate appendages, margin strongly incurved above the column, forming a long-acuminate, narrowly obtuse, papillose funnel, when flattened quadrangular, abruptly acuminate, 0.43 cm long, at apex 0.08 cm wide. Column above deeply grooved, below with two parallel, flexuose, apically free lamellae, 0.3 cm long. Anther elongated, oblong-cordate, somewhat acute, 0.2 cm long. Rostellum deeply bipartite, the partitions inside concave. Stigmata 2, elliptic. Ovary 0.95 cm long. (After Smith, 1909, as Hetaeria oblongifolia Blume var. papuana J.J.Sm.)

Colours: Sepals light yellowish pink, petals white, lip light brown, column greenish white.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland forest. Altitude 50-180 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June, September, October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 362-46M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in shade.