Microtatorchis govidjoae

Microtatorchis govidjoae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1006

Type: Schlechter 19745 (holo B, lost); para: Schlechter 19783; 19896 (B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small, 1.5-3.5 cm high, stemless. Roots filiform, glabrous. Leaves 2-3, erect-patent, oblong-ligulate, acute, up to 1 cm long, near the middle 0.2 cm wide, usually smaller. Inflorescence erect-patent, rather laxly 10-25-flowered, carrying flowers up to above the base. Floral bracts leaf-like, acuminate, surpassing the ovary, sometimes equalling the flowers, at the base on either side with a bristle-like appendage. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals and petals up to the middle connate into a bell-shaped tube, keeled outside, 0.2 cm long, free parts ovate, subobtuse acuminate. Lateral sepals oblique. Lip at the base broadly cuneate concave, near the apex thickened, trilobulate, almost as long as the petals; lateral lobes rounded, obtuse; mid-lobe distinctly longer, triangular, subacute; spur obovoid, with four obtuse humps, less than half as long as the lip blade. Anther ovate-cucullate, obtuse; pollinia obliquely oblongoid; stipe almost twice as long as the pollinia, at the base slender, upwards gradually dilated; viscidium minutely oblong. Ovary 6-ribbed, c 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000 to 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 449-21M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.