Macodes sanderiana

Macodes sanderiana (Kraenzl.) Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew (1896) 47

Basionym: Anoectochilus sanderianus

Terrestrial. Leaves rosulate, petiolate, ovate-elliptic, apex acute, recurved, margin crispate-undulate, 5.6-10 by 2.5-5 cm; petiole dilated, 1.8 cm long, sheathing at the base. Inflorescence c. 30 cm high, erect, puberulous, in the basal part with a few ovate-oblong peduncle-scales; rachis 8.7-20 cm long, laxly many-flowered. Floral bracts ovate, acute, concave, membranous, 0.6 cm long. Flowers pubescent outside. Sepals spreading, ovate-oblong, obtuse, concave, 0.5-0.6 cm long. Petals linear-oblong, obtuse, as long as the sepals. Lip 0.5 cm long, ventricose at the base; blade recurved, twisted sideways, spathulate-oblong, obtuse, base finely crenulate; basal sac with two glands, minutely auriculate at the apex on either side. Column broad, asymmetrically twisted, 0.4 cm long. Pollinia pyriform, narrowed to the base; viscidium scale-like. Pedicel with ovary 0.8-1 cm long, pubescent. (After Rolfe, 1918)

Colours: Leaves dark olive-green to bronze-brown with golden yellow veins, the main nerves light green near the centre, the wavy margins pale brown. Flowers brownish green, lip white, saccate basal part reddish.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland and montane forest, often among rocks, sometimes on forested limestone cliffs; 125-1600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March, May, June, July, September, November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Island.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 425-18M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.

Notes: This beautiful plant may be distinguished from other Macodes species by the crispate leaf margins.